February 19, 2015 By Alusine Sesay
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, has expressed optimism the Ebola virus disease would be gotten rid of should the government continue to involve communities in the fight.
Clark was speaking to the media after completing a conducted tour of one of many deprived communities in Freetown on Tuesday.
The UNDP Administrator was in Freetown to meet with a cross-section of Ebola affected communities that the UN development agency is working with during the outbreak.
She took a walkthrough at the Congo Town community, west of the capital, in the company of the Director of Disaster Management at the Office of National Security, Mary Mye-Kamara.
She met with people living with disabilities, people affected by the Ebola virus disease and community volunteers who played a key role in the fight against the disease in the country.
Ms. Clark reiterated the importance of community engagement in the fight against the Ebola disease, thus commending the work of volunteers, describing their contribution as “extraordinary”.
She noted that the Ebola outbreak has damaged the country’s economy and promised that the UNDP would be involved in the recovery process through the provision of livelihood skills and microcredit for affected communities and individuals.
She also promised continued support to volunteers involved in the fight to eradicate the dreaded virus.