As of 29 June, two (2) new confirmed Ebola cases have been reported. With these changes, the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases reported for Outbreak #2 now stands at ninety (90).
A total of forty-three (43) confirmed cases, including twenty-six (26) from Lofa County, one (1) from Margibi County, and sixteen (16) from Montserrado County are reported. A total of nine (9) cases among health care workers is reported including five (5) deaths.
The total number of Ebola-related deaths for Outbreak #2 in confirmed, probable, and suspected cases now stands at forty-nine (49) with twenty-seven (27) in Lofa County, two (2) in Margibi County, and twenty (20) in Montserrado County. Twenty-six (26) deaths are among confirmed cases.
Foya, Lofa County, and New Kru Town, Montserrado County, remain the epicentres of this Ebola outbreak.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, made a national address on Saturday on the Ebola emergency and response as part of on-going efforts to raise awareness and combat denial.
UNICEF continues to scale up support for the response. The Health and WASH Units of the Child Survival Section provided10 drums (45 kg each) of Chlorine; 100 cartons of soap; 500 digital thermometers; 100 insecticide treated nets; 50 pairs of rain suits, boots, gloves, nose masks, and rubber hats; and 30 pieces of overalls this weekend. The Communication Section continues to actively support the social mobilization sub-committee to engage local leaders, and is facilitating a visit from SKY News Team from South Africa to document the Ebola Outbreak.
UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for Ebola-related Communications for Development (C4D), Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions stands at approximately US$1.59 million. The current funding gap has increased to US$1.27 million.