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Prez Sirleaf wants West Africa jointly fight Ebola

Lucia Dohr
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 10, 2014)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf wants Liberians and their counterparts in neighboring countries use existing traditional ties to collaborate their efforts to fight the Ebola virus.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “The local populations on both sides of the divide share similar cultural characteristics that can be used to combat the virus, despite the borders’ closure.”

She said: “Vigorously focusing on the border communities will help strengthen the overall response to the ongoing health crisis in West Africa.”

The Liberian Leader spoke Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the end of a technical meeting on cross border collaboration on the prevention and control of Ebola in West Africa.

The technical meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

Speaking at the close of the gathering, Amadu Koroma of Sierra Leone said: “The refusal of his kinsmen to adopt the preventive measures recommended by health authorities is a major challenge to eradicating the virus from the country.”

At the same time, Guinea’s representative at the meeting, Theodore Comnen, told the gathering: “Twenty two health workers have been infected in that west African nation in the last two weeks.”

Mr. Comnen, however, noted: “WHO has trained at least 104 young doctors and has constructed four ETUs in the border region.”

The Liberian Government and the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response brought together the national leaders on the Ebola Response from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali and Liberia.

They were gathered to adopt strategies to prevent cross border spread of the Ebola Virus disease.

 


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