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Ebola weakens Liberias development-Prez. Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Jan. 27, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the Ebola outbreak has seriously undermined Liberia’s economy and infrastructure development.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also said the pandemic exposed the weakness of the health sector and brought untold hardship to the citizenry.

Delivering the State-of-the Nation Address Monday, January 26, 2015, at the  Joint Session of the National Legislature in Monrovia.

She said: “The virus killed over three thousand citizens, including 176 health workers.”

As a result of the disease’s outbreak, 3,000 children have been made orphans and government is under obligation to cater to their welfare.

President Johnson-Sirleaf noted that the Ebola virus also affected domestic food production, cross-border trade and transportation.

“Liberians stood tall to reject projections by health experts that the virus could affect 20,000 persons before being brought under control,” she added.

The Liberian Leader thanked her fellow countrymen for their resilience in combating the Ebola virus. Such willing spirit demonstrated by the citizenry has resulted to drastic decline in the disease spread.

She, however, admonished fellow Liberians to continue with the Ebola prevention measures until the virus is completely eradicated from the country.

The President also paid specific tribute to local health workers, including Tolbert Nyenswah, Dr. Jerry Brown, among others.

She also lauded the international community for their financial, logistical and moral support to Liberia to enhance the country’s fight against Ebola.

 


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