In their respective statements to the United Nations General Assembly, the leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, discussed their subsequent recovery efforts, and also spoke about the need for the reform of UN bodies.
“The Ebola Virus Disease outbreak has taken a heavy toll on the entire socio-economic fabric of Sierra Leone. But with support from our international friends, we fought back,” said President Ernest Bai Koroma.
“Whilst we are making progress to end the epidemic, I commend the United Nations agencies and the international community for their support and commitment to end the epidemic as well as support for the Post-Ebola Recovery Plan,” he added.
He also commended the Secretary-General for mobilizing a UN system intervention to support countries affected by Ebola in the West Africa region.
“In addition to the containment of the epidemic, the intervention by the UN and our partners has resulted in enhancing our preparedness to respond to similar outbreaks in the future. This is a useful model that can be applied to contain and tackle pandemics wherever they may surface,” he said.
President Koroma also highlighted the “sub-regional post-Ebola socioeconomic recovery plan” created by his Government in collaboration with those of Guinea and Liberia, to ensure that the countries most affected by the virus could “return to the path of stability and prosperity.”
The plan, he said, addressed both immediate recovery activities and building national systems of resilience and sustainability. READ MORE OF THIS STORY FROM UNITED NATIONS WEBSITE