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‘Ending Ebola is my top priority’

...WHO Regional Director

February 25, 2015 By Regina Pratt

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director

Newly appointed World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, yesterday told the media that ending the Ebola virus disease is one of her topmost priorities since she assumed office in February.

She made this commitment at a press conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Aberdeen, as she continues her four-day tour of Ebola-hit Sierra Leone. She observed that the outbreak has had a devastating impact on the healthcare system of the affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Moeti said she was touched by the story of one Sherrie, an Ebola survivor in Masiaka, who is also founder of an organization called ‘The Rescue Team’.

The organization has a membership of about 100 Ebola survivors who are actively involved in public education and awareness raising in a bid to end stigma and discrimination of survivors, Dr. Moeti told journalists.

The WHO representative also visited the Maforki Ebola Treatment Centre in Port Loko, where she interacted with numerous partners including the District Health Management Team, District Emergency Response Center, partners in health, and the Cuban medical brigade.

She said the WHO regional office for Africa would apply lessons learnt from the Ebola outbreak to assist affected countries build better health systems and services that will respond to the  needs of the people.

She commended the government and people of Sierra Leone and the coalition of international partners for their extra-ordinary efforts, which she said has contributed immensely to a reduction in new confirmed cases.