Representative Saah Joseph, the owner of the emergency ambulance, First Responders Service has received the blessing of the Liberian government to extend his free health services to neighboring Sierra Leone.
He received the go-ahead from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the close of last week when he informed her that his organization had concluded all arrangements for the deployment of a 20-member response team with three ambulances to aid the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.
The Montserrado County Representative informed President Sirleaf that the team will basically facilitate the timely transport of sick persons to testing and treatment facilities in Sierra Leone and will not be involved with work activities in Ebola Treatment Units.
He pointed out that though his effort was a private and personal initiative, the team will be representing Liberia. “This is why we thought it very important to meet with you and seek your blessings before departure for Sierra Leone. The First Responders Emergency Medical Services Incorporated is very happy and proud to be able to help our brothers and sisters on the other side on behalf of our country and people,” Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf.
He expressed appreciation to members of his team for their sacrifice and commitment to serving humanity even with risk to their personal safety and wellbeing. “You have served Liberia well and are now prepared to do the same for your brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone in a show of solidarity and I remain very proud of you all,” he said.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended Montserrado County District # 13 Representative for his commitment to help eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease not just from Liberia, but the entire sub-region.
“You and your team braved the storm when doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers as well as our citizens were dying in their numbers; you are a true servant and hero of our country,” President Sirleaf told Representative Joseph.
She described news of Liberia’s deployment in Sierra Leone as wonderful and good news that must be celebrated, and pointed out that Representative Joseph was one of the first responders on the Ebola frontline. “You were one of the first on the Ebola frontline and faced the virus when a lot of people did not know the disease well and were afraid and confused.
She promised government’s support to the team and indicated that Liberia has already deployed a mobile testing lab to Sierra Leone and will send additional healthcare workers from the African Union team currently in Liberia.
President Sirleaf also recognized Liberia’s success in the Ebola fight but warned that the country should not be complacent. “We must all continue to follow the preventive measures and other rules that have impacted our success against the deadly Ebola virus disease,” she urged.