The Inquirer (Monrovia)

13 August 2014

Liberia: Return Home in One Week, or Else - Pres. Sirleaf Warns Official

Photo: Abbas Dulleh/New Democrat
Sirleaf appointing her first set of cabinet officials (file photo).

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended all travel by government officials who are part of the Executive Branch of Government with immediate effect.

According to an Executive Mansion release these include government officials of all Ministries, Agencies, Public Corporations, Commissions, and Parastatals that are under the Executive Branch for a period of one month.

The Liberian leader has also instructed all government officials currently out of the country, whether on government or private visit, to return home within a week or be considered as abandoning their jobs.

She is urging all government officials of the Executive Branch to take due note of this directive.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) for the use of the experimental serum on two Liberian medical doctors who are struggling for their lives after contracting the deadly ebola virus disease.

According an Executive Mansion clarification, Doctors Zukunis Ireland and Abraham Borbor, who contracted the disease while attending to patients, including a late colleague, gave written consent for the drug to be administered to them. The consent was given to the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Maker by the affected doctors through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The FDA's approval is to allow the drug maker send the experimental drug to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare only for use on the two doctors. The drugs should be in the country within the next 48 hours.

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