President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds China For Continued Ebola Aid
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA September 24 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the People's Republic of China for the constant support given to Liberia as the country struggles to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
She said china has proven to be a true partner to Liberia given the level of assistance being provided both in cash, kind and labor force, even when Liberia is in a period of difficulty.
The Liberian leader made the commendation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday, during a signing ceremony and exchange of notes for US$1million to support efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus and logistics to the Liberia National Police (LNP) valued at US$211,781.71 donated by the Government of the People's Republic of China.
President Sirleaf said China has demonstrated a substantive diplomatic relationship which has given Liberia hope to further stand firm in the battle against the Ebola virus which has threatened the existence of many Liberians.
The president observed that good partners and friends are those who provide assistance and comfort during periods of difficulty, noting, “China was the first to respond to Liberia’s Ebola crisis, they provided us the first hope to encourage our health workers and the entire nation.”
She called on the Government of China to continue the assistance to Liberia in an effort to strengthen and sustain the diplomatic relationship between the two nations.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has called on the Chinese Government to further guarantee bilateral relationship between the two nations by returning in full all aspects of economic activities and private sector investments.
She pointed out that due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus some Chinese investments have slowed down their operations, and hoped they would resume operations quickly so that Liberia’s economy can become more functional in order to increase response to Ebola.
Liberia is currently fighting to contain the spread of the Ebola virus which was earlier declared a national emergency by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The World Health Organization projected 20,000 deaths in the three Mano River countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone before the virus is eradicated, but officials of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and international community have called for early collective effort to firmly battle the disease.