By Janjay F. Campbell
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is calling on Liberians to take the outbreak of the Ebola virus seriously and join in the fight to contain the virus.
The Liberian leader spoke at the launch of the Liberia Strategic Plan for Accelerated Response to Re-occurrence of Ebola Epidemics at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare yesterday where she said the situation is indeed real and that Liberians need to go beyond managing the disease.
President Sirleaf is passionately appealing to individuals who have the symptoms not to hide this dreadful quagmire and is also calling on all Superintendents to call town hall meetings and let people know about the disease and how to prevent it.
According to her, additional US$500,000 will be given to the Ministry of Health to enable them fight the deadly disease. She stressed that the job is not yet completed as there are more to be done.
President Sirleaf thanked the Ministry of Health for the work they are doing and encouraged them to do more. To the partners and Domestic Organizations that have joined in the fight against Ebola, she said that they should continue the good wok.
At the same time, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo thanked the Ministry of Health for the works they have done so far and said that they should continue and that WHO will continue to support them.
Meanwhile, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly has donated a truck-load of medical items that cost US$50,000 to the Ministry of Health on behalf of his Ministry.
Making the donation, Minister Dukuly said everyone should be involved in the fight against this life-threatening Ebola virus.