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Africans contribution to Ebola fight pleases Prez Sirleaf

Benjamin S. Taingay
President Sirleaf  and some  officials of  government   meeting with  the AU-ASEOWA delegation
President Sirleaf and some officials of government meeting with the AU-ASEOWA delegation

 ( 22, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says nothing pleased her during the Ebola fight than the fact that brothers and sisters from the African continent decided to aid the affected countries voluntarily.

President Sirleaf acknowledged that fellow Africans risked their lives to come and assist Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, because the disease was unknown.

She said they performed well in the fight against the Ebola virus and in providing training for locals to enhance their capacity.

The Liberian Leader also said the various trainings provided the locals are critical to Liberia’s healthcare system in terms of infection disease control amidst other diseases that have plagued the country.

President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke Wednesday, May 20, 2015 when she received in audience the departing head of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), General Julius Oketta.

The meeting took place at the Liberian Leader’s temporary office at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

General Oketta was joined on the farewell visit by the African Union Commission Director of Social Affairs, Olawale Maiyegun, and ASEOWA’s Head of Mission Support, Dioudalbay Benjamin.

The Liberian President commended General Oketta, his Liberian team and other international partners for the “wonderful” job done in containing the virus’ further spread.

She was particularly thankful, because none of the over 400 ASEOWA personnel were victimized by the virus during the discharge of their duties, adding: “Liberians will remain ever grateful to you for your sacrificial service rendered.”

On behalf of ASEOWA, General Oketta expressed gratitude to President Johnson-Sirleaf for her exemplary leadership and recognition of ASEOWA’s role during the fight against Ebola.


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