Via the Daily Observer: ‘We Are not Planning to Evacuate Our Citizens’. Excerpt:
United States Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Deborah Malac, has said that the US government does not intend to evacuate its citizens from the country as is being speculated in the media. Instead, she said, her government is rather navigating means through which it can help the Liberian government battle the Ebola epidemic that is killing people daily.
Ambassador Malac gave this assurance Tuesday, July 29, during the second meeting of the National Ebola Task Force, chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was also in the meeting.
“I want to dispel the rumors that we preparing to evacuate our citizens from Liberia. It’s not true. We will continue to follow the reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), on this matter,” she said.
As the biggest outbreak ever of the Ebola virus ravages Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, there have been widespread fears and jitters in many quarters of the Liberian public that the United States might evacuate its citizens and embassy staff from the country after two of its citizens fell prey to the deadly virus. Should this happen, many said, it could be a signal that the situation has gone out of hand or become uncontrollable.
These fears were further enhanced when the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Monday, July 28, sent out a “Security Message for U.S. Citizens.” The message contained a major update on the Ebola situation in the country and the region. This was followed by a scheduled mass meeting held yesterday for all US citizens residing in Liberia.
Ambassador Malac took the opportunity at Tuesday's task force meeting to address the speculations and fears that had gripped the general public.
The US diplomat said her government was pleased to see that the Liberian government was working to tackle the disease with one concerted effort.