18 May 2017

Liberia: U.S. Recognizes Liberia's Efforts

Photo: U.S. Embassy [Monrovia]
U.S. Secretary of Health Dr. Thomas E. Price meets President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Roberts International Airport in Monrovia.

The United States has hailed Liberia's efforts toward preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease threats. On behalf of the Trump Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Tom Price, said the US was proud of Liberia's progress in the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.

His comments were contained in remarks made at the Roberts International Airport during talks with Health Minister Bernice Dahn. "We are here this week to promote global health security and to express President Trump and his Administration's appreciation for this great work being done here in Liberia," Dr. Price said. "We know that by ensuring that all countries around the world are better prepared to prevent, detect, respond to, and control disease outbreaks at the local level, we can reduce the threat of international health emergencies."

He said the US and the Department of Health and Human Services are committed to working with Liberia to address the remaining challenges in Liberia's recovery from the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak.

Dr. Price said, "and we look forward to continuing to work side-by-side to improve disease detection, enhance laboratory services, maintain a rapid and effective emergency response, and develop the health workforce."

He also thank President Sirleaf for the opportunity to visit Liberia and for her leadership and kind hospitality. "On behalf of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, we thank you for the work the people of Liberia are doing and for the successful partnership that we have been able to form," he said. "Together we are working to improve the health of Liberians, while helping to maintain the health security of the United States and the entire world."

The US health Secretary also thanked US Ambassador, Christine Elder, and her whole embassy team for their continued work to keep Americans safe at home and abroad.

"Additionally, I want to recognize and express my deep pride in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services staff here on the ground in Liberia-including doctors, nurses, public health workers, and experts from across the Department including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Health Services and Resources Administration," he said.

"Your work to promote global health security and your commitment to find and stop disease outbreaks here and around the world-whether they are natural, accidental, or deliberate-keeps Americans and others around the world safe."

According to him, the partnership between the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the people of Liberia has been one of mutual cooperation and has had a lasting effect on the stability, health and well-being of Americans and Liberians alike.

"Together we have worked hand in hand to fight the tragedy of Ebola, and in the process have succeeded in improving the health system here in Liberia," he said. "Because of the work done during and following the Ebola response, Liberia now has many public health systems and resources that it did not have before - emergency operations centers, laboratories, stronger surveillance systems, and in-country technical support." "These systems, and the people who are now trained to use them, are key to achieving lasting national health security."

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