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Prez Sirleaf appreciates global support to Ebola fight

Ledgerhood Rennie
Presidsent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Presidsent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 12, 2014)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has expressed appreciation to the United States Government and partners for the progress Liberia has made in containing the Ebola Virus disease.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Had it not been for the intervention of the United States, the progress Liberia has made in containing the epidemic would have been even more difficult.”

The United States is intervening in Liberia’s Ebola crisis through the leadership of the Obama Administration, supported by Congress.

She made the comments Wednesday, December 11, 2014 in Monrovia when she addressed members of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Sub-Committee on African Affairs, via radio link.

The Liberian Leader noted that the intervention of the US Government led to the opening of the space for the disease to be stabilized in Liberia and that encouraged the rest of the world to respond to the ongoing global crisis.

“While much progress has been made during the fight to eradicate the disease from the country, requiring more to be done was even more critical,” the President also said.

She further noted: “At present, 18 Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), with a total of 840 beds, now have only 136 patients.”
“Currently, 70 burial teams were burying about 23 persons daily across Liberia as compared to hundreds of patient’s months ago,” The President added.

She said the full eradication of the Ebola Virus could only be achieved, unless the entire region was freed of the virus and unless there was prevention against future possible outbreak.

President Johnson-Sirleaf then urged Liberia’s international partners, particularly the US Government, to continue supporting the Liberian Government to help the country graduate from treatment to prevention.

 


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