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The world has stake in Ebola fight-Prez Sirleaf

By Edward Kennedy
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Oct.21, 2014)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the whole world has a stake in the fight against Ebola.

In a letter to the World Written for the BBC, President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “The disease respects no borders and that every country has to do all it could to help fight it.”

She added: “A generation of Africans was at risk of being lost to economic catastrophe as a result of the outbreak of the killer disease.”

“The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people across West Africa, including 2,200 in Liberia,” the Liberian Leader further noted.

“Internal donors have given almost US$400m (£250m) to UN agencies and aid organizations, short of the US$988m requested.”

In the worst-affected countries (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone), about 9,000 people have been found to have the virus which killed an estimated 70% of those infected.

The President added: “The Ebola fight requires a  ommitment from every nation having the capacity to help either with emergency funds, medical supplies, or clinical expertise.”

Thousands of West Africans are being kept in isolation to try to stop the Ebola virus from spreading.
 

 


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