“Ebola will become History”


U.S. Ambassador, Deborah Malac has assured that the Ebola epidemic will become history just as other diseases of the past.

Giving the assurance at Ministry of Information’s press briefing on Friday, the U.S. Ambassador acknowledged that every other outbreak has come and gone in history, and that the U.S. Government with the support of international partners and the Liberian Government will eradicate Ebola as well.

The ambassador reiterated President Obama’s mandate that the U.S. military and humanitarian groups including USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help Liberia fight the disease and bring it under control.

The mandate according to the U.S. diplomat is to also join the global alliance to help the three affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, to contain the spread of the disease.

She said Obama’s mandate includes establishing a system to address any such crisis, or whenever there is an outbreak.

Some of the measures undertaken by the U.S. Government to set up a system of preparedness to deal with Ebola and other crises include the arrival of experts from the CDC and the military to train health workers and erect treatment and care centers across Liberia.

The health workers, when properly trained will feel safe and secure and the patients themselves will feel safe as they undergo treatment, said Ambassador Malac.

 Another measure to prepare for ongoing and future incidents of Ebola is the provision of mobile labs to quickly diagnose possible Ebola patients for faster admission to treatment centers and setting aside those without the virus.

In this way, she said, people without Ebola will be timely told to seek treatment elsewhere instead of being mixed with those that have the virus which is another means of spreading the disease.

She urged Liberians to collaborate with government and international partners including the U.S. Government by responding to advice from the Ministry of Health. Ambassador Malac also urged the media to  play its part by putting out accurate and balanced information.

Meanwhile, the Director for USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Ben Hemingway, used the occasion to state that the U.S Government is helping Liberia to build 17 treatment centers with care centers attached.

He said the treatment and care centers are built in strategic parts of the country where transportation is a problem, thus helping to ease the difficulties people encounter reaching treatment facilities.

In addition to the three mobile labs the U.S. Government has established at the Island Clinic, ELWA treatment center and in Bong County, Mr. Hemingway said four more labs are to be set up to test Ebola cases and refer patients to ETUs.

Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of the Joint Forces Unit of the Operation United Assistance, reiterated that the U.S. military personnel are here to provide engineering and technical support to the Government of Liberia as the country undergoes the Ebola health crisis.


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