The resident representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Margaret H. Kilo, has called for the building of a resilient healthcare system that will combat future disease outbreaks in the country.
“The key word now is urgency to everything we need to do especially in the rebuilding of a resilient infrastructure and quality technical and managerial capacities among Liberians to prepare for future occurrences,” Kilo emphasized.
Madam Kilo was among those addressing the thousands of people who gathered Monday for a special National Thanksgiving program at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia to celebrate Liberia’s certification by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Ebola-free Nation.
AfDB will continue collaboration with other international financial institutions to support the country’s economic stabilization and recovery plans, Madam Kilo said
“AfDB president Kaberuka appreciates President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia’s resilience in the fight against the Ebola virus, and has pledged the bank’s continuous support to the country’s Agenda for Transformation,” she stated.
She lauded President Sirleaf for not just focusing on her country but also extending the fight against Ebola to Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Also speaking, Speaker Alex Tyler called for the application of the lessons learnt from the Ebola crisis to influence national undertakings.
He noted that among issues exposed by the epidemic was the country’s weak healthcare system and the strength in the divergence of duties of the three branches of government.
Speaker Tyler hailed both national and international health workers and paid tribute to those who died. He also paid tribute to former Health Minister Walter Gwenigale for his capacity in collaborating with local and foreign health practitioners to contain the virus.
The first case of the Ebola Virus Disease was reported in March 2014, and with the help of local and international partners the disease which claimed over 4,500 lives in Liberia was eradicated in about 14 months.