An advance team of the newly established UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) will arrive in Accra on Monday, September 29, 2014.
The team would be led by the UN Secretary-General Special Representative and Head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury.
A press conference is scheduled to take place at 13:30hrs (1:30 p.m local time) at the VVIP lounge of the Kotoka International Airport. All media representatives are expected to be seated at 1 p.m.
As Head of UNMEER, Mr. Banbury will provide the operational framework and leadership to ensure the rapid, effective and coherent action necessary to stop the Ebola outbreak. This includes treating the infected, reinforcing essential services and taking action to ensure the disease does not spread to countries currently unaffected.
[contextly_sidebar id=”vKgbmxlSboYDBo9nk6uZkYuouFRFuYm3″]The establishment of UNMEER last week follows the unanimous adoption of UN General Assembly resolution 69/1 to provide a platform for wide-ranging international efforts to put an end to the spread of the disease. UNMEER will have its headquarters in Accra with offices in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Mr. Banbury will also travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The Ebola disease has claimed over 2,000 lives in the West African sub- region.
The world’s largest outbreak of Ebola has caused 2,800 deaths so far, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
New figures suggest that 70% of those affected have died from the disease.
The figures are higher than what was reported previously.
Source: UN Office