President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Pats Rep. Joseph, Dr. Brown For Ebola Roles
MONROVIA, October 5 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the efforts of Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph in the fight against the Ebola disease, describing him as “ a hero” in the battle.
The Liberian Leader also asked members of the National Legislature to join her in thanking the lawmaker for his service to humanity.
The Chief Executive also acknowledged the selfless efforts of the Medical Director of the ELWA-II Ebola Treatment Center, Dr. Jerry Fahnloe Brown and his team as “a fine example of what Liberians are capable of doing.”
She, likewise, requested the National Legislature to thank them.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf also extolled all healthcare workers involved in the fight for their sacrificial services to the nation.
She stressed that the country’s death rate has reflected high numbers because people who died from other illnesses due to the initial impact on the regular healthcare system have been recorded as victims of Ebola and assured that efforts are being made to improve the situation.
President Sirleaf says attitude and behavioral change are cardinal to breaking the transmission chain and ending further spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the assertion when she made remarks recently at the launch of Youth Action International (YAI) Coalition against Ebola in Monrovia.
President reminded the young people that attitude, behavior, as well as cultural and traditional values remain major challenges to efforts aimed at eradicating the virus from Liberia.
She called on members of the coalition against Ebola to go all out and reach to communities and neighborhoods across the country with simplified messages of sensitization and awareness that will help change people’s behavior towards the deadly virus.
The Liberian leader thanked the YAI Executive Director Dr. Kimmie Weeks and the young people for the initiative and promised that with all hands on deck, Ebola will soon be history in Liberia.
She rejected projections from international organizations that over one million persons across West Africa will die by January, adding that steps are being taken to reverse these projections.
Speaking earlier, Montserrado County Representatives Acarous Gray and Saah Joseph, Christian Health Association of Liberia head Patricia Kamara and representatives of the UN Children’s Agency and the U. S. Embassy in Monrovia thanked the coalition of young people for the initiative and expressed the hope that the virus will soon be history in Liberia.
Also speaking, the YAI Executive Director Weeks pointed out that the undertaking was not a YAI initiative, but different youth organizations that have been assembled under the guidance of his organization.
He pointed out that all member groups of the coalition number over 75 with over 6,000 youths are already working on Ebola-related programs in various communities around the country.
The goal, he indicated, is for every person to know how to prevent themselves from the Ebola virus and break the chain of transmission.