Liberia Opens Biggest Ebola Center…Malian President Pays Solidarity Visit
By Morrison O.G. Sayon
With support from the Government of the United States of America, the Liberian Government has opened the largest Ebola Center in the country under the construction of the National Defense Ministry in Congo Town.
Speaking over the weekend at the dedicatory ceremony of the ETU in Congo Town, President Sirleaf said with the gain being made against the deadly Ebola virus normal economic activities will shortly resume in the country.
Madam said Sirleaf government can now become to embark on normal developmental activities and the economic activities to ensure that the citizens improve their living standards. The newly constructed ETU is believed to be the largest in the country.
At the same time, in the wake of the reduction in the rate of the Ebola virus in the country, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has warned against the act of complacency amongst Liberians.
Speaking on Saturday when she received the President of Mali, Ibrahima Boubacar Keita at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, President Sirleaf said Liberia has made significant gain against the deadly disease in recent times but said the citizens must avoid any form of complacency as there are more remaining to be done to eradicate the virus.
Madam Sirleaf said though Liberians are now comfortable about reports that the burial of dead bodies has significantly reduced but they should not be carried away by the good news and be complacent about the recent achievements against the vicious virus.
President Sirleaf called on Liberians to be cautious and continuously observe the health measures announced by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare. “We don’t want to be happy too soon so we told our people to continue the precautionary measures to continuously fight the virus to ensure that the deadly Ebola virus disease is eradicated from our country,” the President said.
The Liberian leader praised the international community and Liberians for the continuous efforts in ensuring that Ebola becomes a history in the country. She specifically praised President Keita for personally coming to Liberia following numerous phone calls.
For his part, President Keita said his visit to Liberia is a solidarity visit to Liberia and extended his deepest sympathy to the Government and people of the country for the effect of the deadly virus that has claimed over 2,000 lives in the country.
President Keita said though he has been calling President Sirleaf, he couldn’t have stayed home without coming to identify with the people of Liberia in their darkest days. “Coming to Liberia is my duty; I wouldn’t have been comfortable with only calling President Sirleaf without coming on the scene,” the Malian President said.
Among other things, President Keita said his country will join forces with that of the Liberian Government to ensure that the raging Ebola virus is totally defeated in the country.