President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
By Prince Nagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, March 19 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the role played by communities as key in curbing the high infection rate of the Ebola virus in the country.
The Liberian leader noted that though the government appreciates the efforts of doctors, nurses and the Incident Management Team, among others, who led the initial fight against the virus, it also recognizes communities for taking charge, responsibility and ownership of the fight.
She made the statement Thursday at the start of a two-day Community Leadership Conference held at a local hotel in Monrovia under the theme: “Ebola’s Impact On Communities: Learning From Their Experiences To Plan For The Future”.
President Sirleaf said the government was encouraged by the commitment of this initiative that will take the community one step forward and to support the spirit of volunteerism and selflessness which characterizes the various interventions made by scores of young people.
“The community, filled with resilience took charge of the Ebola fight initially when everyone including the government did not know how and where to start from and as such, it now has every reason to take ownership because, the growth and development of Liberia depends on it,” President Sirleaf noted.
She lauded IREX and partners, including the media and civil society organizations leadership for identifying about 60 communities where it is expected to hold community-based interactive forum.
President Sirleaf, however, called on IREX to make available to the government report on areas that were critically hit and did not get adequate and prompt response from the government so that health authorities can begin to provide the needed services to those communities.