By Morrison O.G Sayon
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on Liberians to use the Ebola crisis to make them self-dependent.
Speaking at the Freeport of Monrovia yesterday when she received a consignment of medical supplies and materials donated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Pres. Sirleaf said Liberians must use the opportunity of the vicious crisis as a means of self-dependence.
The Liberian leader called on the citizens to give their best in this last month by following the preventive health measures. She said if Liberians continue to take the prescribed precautionary measures by taking the sick to the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and avoiding the dead and other measures Ebola will become history and this will raise the level of Liberia’s regular healthcare.
“We must continue to treat the sick so as to enable embark on our economic recovery programs,” President Sirleaf added. She said, “Today we are chasing Ebola out; it is no longer Ebola chasing us; our people are doing tracing in all the communities. Communities are raising awareness on the virus and they are going after the sick, people being discharged; these are good signs but we have not reached there yet.”
Recounting the devastating effect of the Ebola virus, the Liberian leader pointed out that from July to October, the country was put at great test adding, “Our people were dying daily, people were being abandoned, but we thank God for His intervention and we owe it to the resilience and the determination of our people.”
Madam Sirleaf added, “In the midst of criticisms we remain focused because if it were not for our partners we wouldn’t have reached thus far.” She then lauded the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands and members of the European Union (EU) for hearing the Liberian people’s appeal. Madam Sieleaf described the donation of medical supplies and Ebola materials by the Netherlands and EU member states as extraordinary.
Yesterday Netherlands Ambassador, Hans Docter handed over a consignment of medical supplies and materials to the Government of Liberia at a brief ceremony held at the Freeport of Monrovia.
In brief remarks, Ambassador Docter said the Dutch government is ready to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. Amb.Docter said everything must be done to isolate the Ebola menace and then lauded the Government of Liberia for the level of progress being made to contain the Ebola virus.
He reminded Liberians to continue the preventive measures adding that Liberia will never be Ebola-free when Guinea and Sierra Leone are still highly infested with the virus. Amb.Docter promised that the Naval Vessel that brought the consignment of medical supplies and ambulances will return around the Christmas season with relief items for the Liberian people.
He then assured President Sirleaf that his country and the EU will be with Liberia after the Ebola crisis to help in the rebuilding process of the country. Amb.Docter said a trade and investment delegation from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will come to Liberia on an investment mission.
The donation of medical supplies and materials was made by eight European countries including Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Netherlands and Spain to strengthen Liberia’s fight against Ebola.