Via The New Dawn: Ellen declares national emergency after Ebola outbreak. Excerpt:
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on Liberians to see the deadly Ebola disease in the country as a national emergency and stop politicizing the issue, stressing that a united front will complement the efforts of government and its partners to successfully fight the virus.
According to the Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf paid a visit to the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 to show solidarity for staff and Nurses there after the death of a staff, who contacted the Ebola virus.
In the wake of a renewed outbreak of the virus in Liberia, the President has expressed government’s commitment to fighting the pandemic. During the visit to the hospital, the President sympathized with the administration, nurses and staff, who are mourning the loss of a colleague, Esther Kesselee.
The Liberian leader also ascertained the state of affairs of the Redemption Hospital relative to its preparedness to cope with influx of patients if the need arises. She paid tribute to the administration, nurses and staff for their courage and sacrifices to the nation and promised government’s fullest support.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare recently announced a renewed outbreak of the Ebola virus in the New Kru Town vicinity that has claimed the lives of at least seven persons, including a health worker at the Redemption Hospital, who was infected by the virus while attending to a patient.