Via The New Dawn: Over Ebola: Who should we believe? Excerpt:
In a statement issued from Rome, Italy where she’s on an official visit, President Sirleaf noted that the situation is being managed very well by the Ministry of Health, working with international partners, stressing that the government did not believe that one needed to do anything more than take precaution; follow the instructions and advice of the Ministry of Health team.
She said prior to her departure from Liberia, she held extensive consultations with the Health Minister and team, and after an assessment of the situation, she was cognizant of the fact that the disease was well under control and that the health team would continue to brief the nation and be very straight forward on what the situation was.
“Since I left the country, I have been briefed everyday by the Minister of Health and his team; I have received information through the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Edward McClain and through the United States Embassy, whom we have contacted to send representatives from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. I received a message from Ambassador [Deborah] Malac that the team should be in Monrovia shortly,” President Sirleaf said.
However, lawmakers here are calling for the closure of institutions of learning throughout the country in the wake of threats posed by the deadly virus. The 53rd Legislature in a prepared statement issued over the weekend, said the Ministry of Education is hereby encouraged to adjust the academic calendar by announcing an early Easter Break nationwide, the end of which would coincide with the 45-Day control period announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The statement, under the authority of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, said the Ministry of Education is further encouraged to ensure that a safe environment is provided for twelfth graders currently writing the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations across the country. It assured the legislature’s support for efforts by relevant ministries and agencies as well as international partners, to rapidly respond and prevent any further spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia.