Via the Daily Observer: Ellen Pays Homage to Ebola Victims. Excerpt:
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid homage to Liberians, who have lost their lives as a result of the deadly Ebola virus disease that was confirmed in the country recently.
President Sirleaf spoke during a visit to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Wednesday, April 9, to appreciate the leadership of the Ministry, international partners, and health workers who are fighting to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that recently spilled over to Liberia.
She expressed condolences to the bereaved families and those affected by the Ebola virus and at the same time expressed appreciation to all who have worked and continue to address this serious health problem.
“On behalf of the Liberian people, we want to say to the task force, thank you so much, for all that you have done,” she said, urging all Liberians including foreigners within our borders to work together to contain the situation.
President Sirleaf stressed that since the virus was announced in Liberia, the Minister of Health, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale and the task force, have kept her and the country fully informed about the situation and how it is being addressed.
The Liberian leader praised the international community, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF), United States Embassy, among others, all of whom have made a big difference since the outbreak.
“Those who have helped out here to contain the situation in Liberia, we want to say thank you,” she stressed, emphasizing that all of them have been timely and effective in their response which has halted the spread of the virus.
She urged the population to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health’s technical team, task force and its partners as cooperation is necessary to ensure that the virus is contained.
President Sirleaf welcomed the sub-regional health ministers to Liberia, in advance of their meeting on Friday, April 11. She hoped that as they meet, they will be able to share with Liberia their own experiences that addressed deadly diseases like Ebola. She pointed out that their presence here and carrying out their business as usual has given a lot of confidence to everybody that the situation is being managed.