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President Sirleaf Delivers Keynote Address at AfDB 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Pres. Sirleaf Addresses High-Level Panel At AfDB 50th Anniversary
MONROVIA, May 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson has told a high-level panel discussion that beyond the leadership provided by the Government of Liberia and help from the international community, community ownership and participation was critical to containing the Ebola virus that ravaged the country.
The Liberian leader said an integrated approach is now required with much focus on healthcare delivery and the advancement of major infrastructure projects such as roads and power, among others.
Sharing her experience on how Liberia was structurally able to eradicate the virus, she told the gathering that the establishment of the Incidence Management System with full political authority to perform and creation of a coordinating mechanism under her leadership with all partners involved, pull the trick for Liberia’s victory over Ebola.
According to a dispatch from Abidjan, President Sirleaf made the statement when she joined other distinguished panelists to discuss the theme: “Are we ready for the next epidemic? Fixing Africa’s Primary Healthcare,” at a high-level event organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at programs marking the Bank’s 50th Anniversary celebrations currently taking place in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.
The Liberian President, asked by the moderator to give the current status of Liberia with regards the Ebola virus disease, informed the high-level panel that Liberia is now Ebola-free as determined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
She pointed out that while welcoming the defeat of the virus, the country was mindful of the fact that Guinea and Sierra Leone are still faced with new cases.
“We are working with Guinea and Sierra Leone to share experiences, help with the mobilization of international support and have formulated a regional program which was presented to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and the rest of the international partners at the 2015 World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings in Washington D.C., USA,” she said.
President Sirleaf told the gathering that at the height of the crisis, contractors who were handling major development projects such as road construction, energy rehabilitation, among others, departed the country thus disrupting development initiatives. She reflected on how the country faced travel restrictions and stigmatization as they faced an unknown enemy with initially slow internationally response.
President Sirleaf indicated that now that the virus has been contained, contractors are returning and the business of development has resumed and is pleased that the country is beginning to see recovery already.
Other panelists included the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan; Head of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Dr. Carlos Lopez; Minister of Finance and Economic Development of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Kaifala Marah; and Vice-President for Global Health & Access Programs, GlaxoSmithKline, Mr. Andy Wright.