The NEWS (Monrovia)

7 April 2014

Liberia: U.S. Medical Team Expected in Liberia

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has disclosed that the United States government is expected to send representatives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to Liberia in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in the country.

The Liberian leader who is still visiting Europe said in a statement that she has received message from United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac that the CDC team will shortly be in Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said while the outbreak of the Ebola virus is a concern, there is no need for panic.

She pointed out that "the situation has been managed very well by the Ministry of Health working with some of our international partners and we do not believe that one needs to do anything more than take precaution, follow the instructions and advice of the Ministry of Health team."

Johnson-Sirleaf: "This is not a thing for politicians. This is why, although the Senate had taken some actions relating to the border, we're glad that the House of Representatives decided that the action was not necessary."

The Liberian leader said the Ebola situation is being contained and well controlled.

She asked the media, politicians and everybody not to create panic, adding "by talking things when you don't have the details, you simply make people afraid and that's not good."

She called on everybody to remain calm and listen to the daily briefings of the Ministry of Health to follow the pieces of advice.

"Be assured that I'm on top of it; I'm getting briefings; I'm in control of it; and I feel that the situation is being well managed," the President said.

Commenting on her trip, President Johnson-Sirleaf said her trip was planned well before the Ebola situation evolved.

"Before I left, I had proper consultations with the Minister of Health and his team; the situation was assessed; we felt that it was well under control; that the health team would continue to brief the nation and be very straight forward on what the situation was," she stated.

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