Via allAfrica.com, a report from The New Dawn: Liberia: Ellen Rejects WHO's Prediction. Excerpt:
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has rejected the World Health Organization's prediction that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people before it is brought under control.
President Sirleaf, who chairs the National Ebola Taskforce here, said her objection to the experts' prediction does not imply that her government doesn't respect them, but argued that projections could be proven wrong, especially "When one has the will and commitment to overcome a battle."
She spoke on Saturday, August 30, when she visited the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata City, Margibi County, just after witnessing the discharging of a Congolese Doctor Sengo Omeoga, and a Liberian Physician Assistant, Kandy Kobah, who survived treatment at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
"I do not accept the prediction of some of the partners that say ten thousand, twenty thousand people will die, no! Say no to that. Tell them that may be, their arithmetic projection, but we will solve Ebola so that we do not have those kind of people dying. That's our challenge; that's our responsibility; that's our commitment that we must make to ourselves to prove them wrong," said the Liberian leader.
During a brief stop at the ELWA Hospital, President Sirleaf endorsed Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale's statement that Liberia will not relinquish the Ebola fight to Non-Governmental Organizations as was being suggested by some members of the public.
"There's nobody that cares more for people than the people themselves," said President Sirleaf, stressing, the fact that Liberian doctors and nurses and health practitioners are taking care of their people, it shows that "We need to give them the support so that they can continue to do the good work."