In the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare’s task force to be vigilant in the fight of the virus.
Speaking at the a special program on Wednesday, April 9, Madam Sirleaf explained that the Health Ministry and its partners have kept her fully abreast with their intervention since it was officially announced that it has crossed over from neighboring Guinea.
The President said her understanding is that the disease is not spreading since its outbreak late March of this year and there were effective actions in place by the MOH and other partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) in ending the plague in Liberia.
The President also expressed her sympathy to those families, who have lost loved ones after contracting the virus.
“I am told that about 10 persons have died. l want to use this time to say sorry to those who have been affected of the Ebola virus since the outbreak, I have been briefed by Dr. Walter Gwenigale of what is happening.”
Speaking earlier, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, re-emphasized that a delegation of the US Defense Dept., which has medical testing facilities over the border in Kenema, Sierra Leone, will arrive in the country to help support the fight of the virus in Liberia.
She further explained that the two testing centers/labs to be setup by the US Defense Department, would reduce the cost and time of sending blood samples to neighboring Guinea for confirmation as well as be on time of the information from the testing medical centers.
Madam Malac also used the occasion to express thanks to the Health Ministry for the fight against deadly Ebola virus, which has so far claimed at least 12, lives in Lofa and other parts of the country.
The World Health Organization Country Representative, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije, said they were working with several technical people to ensure that the virus does not spread and end in a short period of time.
He further explained at the program that “no country has closed their borders in the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola virus” and expressed that all of its partners were committed to the fight of the virus in the country.