President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians not to panic over the reported resurgence of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. The government is well prepared to deal with the situation and bring it under control as quickly as possible, she reassured the public.
Commenting on the new outbreak of the EVD in the country, President Sirleaf said though the news is disturbing, the Incident Management System (IMS), headed by Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, is well prepared to handle the situation, which she strongly believes cannot turn into a crisis.
“I’m very confident that our IMS has the capability to contain it, isolate it and keep it to where it is and that it does not go any further,” she told reporters on Wednesday during a tour of Firestone’s Rubber Wood Factory in Margibi County.
She indicated that the IMS is being “very proactive” with the case and putting in place all other necessary measures to ensure that it is quickly contained.
“We have already quarantined all of the young people that were involved with this person who died,” she stated.
Providing a background on how the new case emerged, President Sirleaf said, “We are trying to get to the root of how we got him, but we have not had the full report yet. However we have determined that one young man in the Smell-No-Taste area died, was buried and his corpse was even taken out for retesting. Yet, they say that there were certain young people that were involved in something, but I don’t know all the details.”
Meanwhile President Sirleaf has indicated that vandalizing and destructive and disgruntled behaviors that are now becoming synonymous with Liberians is not the right way forward as it has the tendency to stall development and progress that the government is striving to achieve.
Commenting about health workers being also on the rampage in demand of “Ebola money,” President Sirleaf noted that Liberians always want to take advantage of a problem to cause another problem.
“Now we’ve got another problem. You know Liberians. Any time there is trouble, they use it for some kind of opportunity for another problem, and this is not healthy for us,” she said.
Reports indicated that health workers went to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Sinkor, Monrovia, where Tolbert Nyenswah and his team and their partners were meeting and carried out some rampage.
“They took the generator, locked the people in and all of that because they say they want their Ebola pay,” she said.
“Liberians have got to stop this kind of confusion. Once we have a problem we have to work together and solve it. When you create other problems for us, then you make us do things that you will not like,” President Sirleaf said with a frown.