The chief executive of the British charity organization, OXFAM Great Britain (GB), Mark Goldring, has commended the Government and ‘good’ people of Liberia for their concerted efforts, which have resulted in a drastic reduction in the cases of Ebola virus infections.
Mr. Goldring made the remark at the end of his three-day assessment tour of Liberia that took him and his entourage to several communities in and around Monrovia.
Since February last year, Liberia had been overwhelmed by the Ebola outbreak, which claimed the lives of over 3000 Liberians foreign residents, including some highly-placed professional individuals.
During Mr. Goldring’s visit, he held discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during which he received firsthand information about how the Liberian Government teamed up with its partners to fight the deadly epidemic.
He spoke during a press conference in Monrovia last week shortly before he departed for neighboring Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus epidemic.
According to Mr. Goldring, his visit to Liberia afforded him the opportunity to see and understand the work his organization has been doing in the country in line with the fight to contain the EVD and how Oxfam can again play a positive role at the end of the health crisis created by the outbreak as well as tell the success story of Liberia to the international community.
“One major concern we have for now is not to forget Liberia in the post-Ebola era, because there is so much out there to do in order to restore confidence in the health system of the country,” Mr. Goldring declared.
While in the country, Mr. Goldring visited several communities including Logan Town, Slipway, West Point, and Clara Town.
The visit afforded the OXFAM chief executive another opportunity to assess the sanitation conditions of those communities.
“What impressed me the most also is the level of mobilization of affected community dwellers which is still effective in the fight against the epidemic.”
Meanwhile, the OXFAM CEO has called on the international community to galvanize their efforts behind the successful work of the Liberian Government in stamping out the virus.
The organization is represented in Liberia by its country director, Mamudu Salifu, who at Wednesday’s press conference also disclosed that Oxfam operates in Montserrado, Nimba and River Gee counties, respectively.
Since the outbreak last year, several international-based as well local non-governmental organizations have all helped in different ways to prevent the spread of the virus and to finally eradicate it from the affected countries.