Via FrontPageAfrica Online: Liberia Legislature, US Embassy Disagree on Ebola. This is a long report, also dealing with political criticism of President Sirleaf and the lack of money for Ebola. Excerpt:
Barely days after Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah and Mr. Benoni Urey disagreed over the response of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia; the statements from the 53rd National Legislature and the United States Embassy near Monrovia have expressed different views on how the Ebola outbreak should be handled.
In a release issued Monday, the National Legislature amongst others specifically encouraged the Ministry of Education to adjust the academic calendar by announcing an early Easter break.
Stated the Legislature: “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 Ministry of Education is further encouraged to ensure that a safe environment is provided for twelfth grade students currently sitting the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations”.
But the United States Embassy in an earlier statement issued April 4 said there is no need for panic amongst Liberians and foreigners alike and no medical reason to close embassies or schools.
“At this time, there is no medical reason to stop flights, close borders, restrict travel or close embassies, businesses or schools”, the United States Embassy indicated.
While the Legislature also stated that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has been increasing, the United States Embassy declared that there are only two confirmed deaths as a result of Ebola infection.
The Legislature stated “According to official statistics from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, there has been an increase in the death toll, and the number of infections and suspected cases. The Legislature therefore deems it prudent to announce to you preventive measures adopted to curb further transmission of the lethal Ebola Virus Disease”.
The United Sates embassy stated that only two confirmed individuals have died from Ebola in Liberia. “The two confirmed individuals with Ebola in Liberia have both expired at this time, one in Lofa and the other in medical isolation at Duside Hospital”, the US Embassy stated.