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Ebola resurfacing in Liberia is disturbing-Prez Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 2, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has described the recent resurfacing of the ebola virus in Liberia as disturbing.

President Johnson-Sirleaf, however, expressed confidence in the ability of the National Incidence Management System to contain the case from spreading to other parts of the country.

She said: “Information about the origin of the case is scanty, but health authorities are investigating the situation.”

The Liberian Leader made the comments recently when she responded to reporters’ questions in Harbel, Margibi County, near the area where the Ebola case was recorded.

The President had gone to Harbel to tour the Firestones rubber wood processing facilities.

Health authorities confirmed a lone case of Ebola recently from a 17 year- old boy, who later died mysteriously in Smell No Taste, a community located closed to Harbel.

Meanwhile, the President Johnson-Sirleaf has expressed dismay over action by some health workers to besiege the Emergency Operation Center in demand of risk benefits allegedly owed them by the Government.

President Sirleaf said such action is not the way to seek redress, emphasizing: “Liberians need to work together as a means of finding solutions to arising problems.”

At the same time, the Liberian Leader says she is impressed by progress being made by the Firestone Rubber Plantation Company in Margibi County.

The President said: “Though a lot still needs to be done, I am particularly pleased with progress in empowering local farmers financially and technically to enable them prepare their farms.”

She described the company’s latest rubber wood processing facilities as a major contribution to the national economy.

“Processing rubber wood into furniture will reduce the importation of these products, provide jobs for many Liberians and will slip back into serious environmental issues that may erupt from burning the wood,” she also noted.

The President, however, urged Firestone-Liberia to expand its operations and consider processing rubber into products such as gloves, among others.

For his part, Firestone-Liberia President, Ed Garcia, expressed delight over President Johnson-Sirleaf’s visit to see how rubber wood is processed into finished products.

Mr. Garcia explained to her the importance of rubber wood to the country’s future, considering its usefulness.
According to him, at least five hundred Liberians are working at the processing plant.


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