Ms. Williametta Saydee-Tarr, executive director of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), has commended the World Health Organization (WHO) for declaring Liberia an Ebola transmission-free country after the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) over the last year devastated the country.
“For Liberia to record 42 days with no cases of Ebola is a Good- milestone. But we can’t take our foot off the gas yet–at least not until the remaining two countries, Sierra Leone and Guinea record 42 days with no cases,” she said.
According to her, WHO and partners as well as the Liberian Government worked hard to achieve the 42 days of zero Ebola cases, but that hard work could not have achieved its objective immediately if all irrespective of status had not join the fight.
She said the GPFA points to the need to improve cross-border surveillance to prevent Ebola re-emergence in the country.
“We call on the international community to continue to support Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in rebuilding strong and affordable national health systems with adequate human and material resources,” she pleaded.
Mrs. Tarr then commended the international partners including, the American Jewish World Service, African Petroleum, Segal Family Foundation, African Women Development Fund and Eustace Kwan Foundation for the respective levels of involvement that led to defeating the Ebola virus.
At the same time, the Foundation has urged authorities at the Ministry of Health to conduct training for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Rural Radio Stations to implement the GPFA’s EBOLA Outreach Awareness Initiative.