President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Gov’t Upbeat About Ebola Progress, Wants it Out In 2014
MONROVIA, December 9 (LINA)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has indicated that Liberia has made tremendous progress in stopping Ebola but noted that the disease is still in the country.
The Liberian leader noted, “we all have to intensify our efforts to travel that very difficult last mile,” and quoted someone who said, “To go from 100 to 90 is hard but to go from 10 to 0 is even harder.”
The Liberian leader emphasized that through the efforts of the Liberian Government and partners, the disease has retreated to places that are hard-to-reach and some communities across Liberia, especially rural areas, and appealed to all to find a way to deal with it. “We must all be committed to say Ebola must go,” she urged.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement when she launched the “Ebola Must Go!! Ebola is Everybody’s Business,” campaign at the Christ Kingdom Harvest Church in the New Georgia community on Monday, December 8.
She said the Government has launched a nationwide “No New Cases Campaign” aimed at eradicating Ebola from Liberia by the end of theyear, 2014.
President Sirleaf said everybody knows that “Ebola Is Real” and we’ve now passed that stage. “Now we must highlight that “Ebola Must Go”, she said, adding, “this is why I am joining this community that has been such a strong group in fighting Ebola. We are launching it in a place where they have made a difference.”
She urged everyone in Liberia, including government, partners, the United Nations family, Non-Governmental Organizations, churches, mosques, marketers, student organizations, yanna boys, among others, that this campaign must be carried out in every county.
President Sirleaf also cautioned residents to take responsibilities in their various communities and to adhere to and follow the precautions prescribed by healthcare workers.
The Liberian leader prevailed on everyone to make a pledge to fight the Ebola virus. Beginning with herself, she pledged: “I, citizen Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pledge to protect myself, my family and community because Ebola must go and stopping Ebola is everybody’s business.”
She praised the efforts of the New Georgia community and termed their fight against Ebola a success story and an effective combination of community leaders, church leaders working with health officials to be able to stop Ebola. “We want to commend you. We want to congratulate you and we’re here to honor you.” President Sirleaf said.
The Christ Kingdom Harvest Church was selected for its role in helping the community fight the deadly Ebola virus. The community lost a total of 12 persons (five of them Ebola victims).
During this period the church organized themselves and with the assistance of the community, went from house-to-house whenever there
was a suspected case to find some means to help victims.
Today, there are eight persons who survived Ebola in the community; six of them children who lost their parents to Ebola. The church has been able to care for the children and survivors.