President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Along With Representative Saah Joseph
Pres. Sirleaf Hails Liberian Ebola Team Move Into Sierra Leone
MONROVIA, January 9 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the deployment of a Liberian Ebola team into Sierra Leone is “wonderful and good news that must be celebrated.”
The team is drawn from Representative Saah Joseph’s First Responders Emergency Medical Services Incorporated.
President Sirleaf recalled that Rep. Joseph was one of the first responders on the Ebola frontline in Liberia.
“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 said.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement when she received a 20-member team of the First Responders at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia led to the President’s office by lawmaker Joseph.
“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 Montserrado County District # 13 Representative Joseph.
The Liberian leader also thanked Joseph for his commitment to help eradicate the Ebola virus not just from Liberia, but the entire sub-region and expressed government’s admiration and appreciation for the work of the First Responders and Representative Joseph in particular.
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 recognized Liberia’s success in the Ebola fight but warned that the country should not be complacent.
“We must all continue to follow the preventative measures and other rules that have impacted our success against the deadly Ebola virus,” she urged.
Representative Joseph 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 at 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 important to meet with you and seek your blessings before departure for Sierra Leone. The First Responders Emergency Medical Services Incorporated is 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 said.
He appreciated 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 now prepared to do the same for your brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone in a show of great solidarity and I remain proud of you all,” he noted.