23 July 2014

Liberia: Sirleaf Commits U..S.$500k to Liberia's Ebola Fight, Urges Unity

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on all Liberians and residents within our borders irrespective of background to join the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country. According to an Executive Mansion release, during a brief stopover at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town early Tuesday morning, the Liberian leader expressed the conviction that the country can overcome the outbreak if they form a common front in the fight through community outreach and other awareness campaigns.

She challenged government officials in particular to take the lead in informing their communities about preventive measures; terming the outbreak as serious and suggested that everyone gets involved. "This is not the time for denial; this Ebola issue is true and we all have to fight it together," President Sirleaf told the audience in a somber tone.

In a further demonstration of the seriousness of the outbreak, President Sirleaf, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia called on the military to get involved in the fight by helping to transport medical supplies to the affected areas through its logistic command. During the stopover, the Liberian President again commended health workers, national and international partners for their role in the fight and recommitted government's commitment to the fight. President Sirleaf, then announced an additional US$500,000 from the government to fund the Ebola campaign.

Speaking earlier, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo praised the courage and commitment of the Liberian Government in the campaign. He called on the population to stop doubting the existence of the outbreak and begin to take preventive measures as the surest way of containing the Ebola virus.

The visiting WHO Regional Director for Africa told the gathering that though the disease is serious, it is manageable but only through preventive measures. He encouraged the Liberian Government to keep up the fight and committed the WHO by partnering with Liberia in dealing with the situation.

Also speaking, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General Karin Lagrin renewed the UN Mission's commitment to collaborating with government and all players in the fight to contain the outbreak. She named some of their strategies as radio and community outreach terming it as the most important component of the preventive engagement.

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