Via the Daily Observer: President Sirleaf: ‘Gov’t Won’t Outsource Ebola Fight’. Excerpt:
Amidst many calls for the government of Liberia to outsource to internationally acclaimed health organizations, the fight against Ebola that continues to wreak havoc on the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that government will do no such thing.
Speaking at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at the ELWA, where two medical practitioners that were cured of the Ebola virus were presented to her, President Sirleaf said: "There's nobody that cares more for people than the people themselves”.
Dr. Sengo Omeoga, a DR Congolese, and Physician Assistant (PA) Kandy Kobah, who were last Saturday released from the ELWA ETU, were recipients the Ebola experimental drug, ZMapp.
President Sirleaf’s comment was in reaction to barrage of calls from Liberian lawmakers as well as international organizations that the government and its many functionaries that are spear heading the fight lack the requisite expertise, experience and knowledge required to contain the virus.
The head of Medicins Sans Fontiers (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders, recently called for United Nations intervention -- military medical expertise-- to effectively combat the scourge n West Africa.
Several Senators over a week ago, suggested during a plenary session that the fight against the Ebola epidemic be outsourced to experts such as MSF and Samaritan’s Purse, arguing that the Government of Liberia has been overwhelmed and no longer has the capacity to contain the disease.
In a lengthy debate that became heated and emotional, a majority of the Senators cited instances demonstrating that the Task Force headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf did not have the expertise to handle the situation.
Their expressed anger was prompted by a communication from President Sirleaf, informing them about the establishment of a parent body National Response Committee (NRC) that will encompass all satellite bodies in the fight to contain the Ebola virus.
The Senators further argued that despite their initial approval of US$5 million and later US$15 Million, there are still cries for more funding, and that the situation in the counties is getting worse day by day.
Those who expressed discontent over the handling of the Ebola fight suggested that the situation be turned over to groups like the Médicins San Frontiers and other international health-related organizations, which have experience from past outbreaks.
The lawmakers noted that over two weeks since the declaration of the State of Emergency by the President, there were no indications to show that the war against Ebola was being won.