9 July 2014

Liberia: President Sirleaf Instructs Public Works Minister to Save JFK; Thanks Staff for Being on the Frontline against the Ebola Virus

In the wake of the erosion which has affected the rear fence of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has instructed the Ministry of Public Works to lead a team charged with the responsibility to clear all man-made structures obstructing the drainages and flow of natural water.

Other members of the team include the General Services Agency (GSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).

President Sirleaf wants urgent and immediate steps taken to avoid further destruction of the medical facility, adding, “We cannot stop the rain but we can stop its adverse effects.”

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader gave the directive when she paid a visit to the premises of the J.F. Kennedy Medical Center where portion of the hospital’s fence was broken down by flood due to its undermining by surface water.

She frowned at the construction of structures in unapproved places as they are blocking free flow of water and causing floods in the streets, alleys, and communities some of which have threatened the J.F.K. Medical Center, which is the hub of Liberia’s health care delivery efforts.

The Liberian leader further instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs, working in line with its mandate as chair of government’s disaster relief commission, to begin addressing the challenges caused by the current wave of flooding in Monrovia and its environs.

She also used the opportunity to thank the J.F.K. staff and public health workers for their dedication to duty, service to humanity, compassion, courage, as well as their sacrificial services to the nation terming them as being among the heroes on the frontline in helping to wipe out the Ebola virus from Liberia.


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