President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Calls For Int’l Help To Move Beyond Ebola Crisis
MONROVIA, February 23 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the United States and other countries to keep up their support to Liberia as it recovers from the Ebola epidemic and refocuses on infrastructure projects that will better position it to tackle future outbreaks of disease.
In an interview with The Associated Press Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, she said Liberia needs outside help to see through its "post-Ebola agenda" of building basic public services that was needed to prevent another deadly epidemic from becoming "a global menace."
President Sirleaf is expected to meet with President Barack Obama this week in Washington to discuss the Ebola response and the region's economic recovery.
Among the needs President Sirleaf highlighted were power projects to keep hospital equipment running, roads so the sick can access medical facilities, and clean water to prevent diseases from spreading.
"Our own limited resources have not enabled us to take them to the level where they could ... be in a preventive mode. And that's the support we want," she said.
Liberia was one of three countries hardest hit in the West Africa Ebola outbreak that began last year and ranks as the largest in history. It has seen more than 9,000 confirmed, suspected and probable cases, and 3,900 deaths.