Vice President Joseph Boakai
VP Boakai Underscores Regional Effort In Ebola Fight
MONROVIA, July 16 (LINA) -Vice President Joseph Boakai has reiterated the significance of a sub-regional approach to the resolution of the regional problems including the Ebola outbreak that continues to claim lives in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
He noted that Liberia remains open for whichever role it can play in the fight against the deadly virus.
Vice President Boakai observed that the three Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia share common values, traditions and borders with citizens in each country having family relations across the borders.
The Vice President made the observation Wednesday at his Capitol Building office when he received in audience a joint delegation from the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia, a U.S. Joint Clinical Research Partnership; the National Institute of Health, Media Lead Liberia and the Ebola Research Commission of the Republic of Guinea, according to a release from the Office of the Vice President.
Boakai spoke of the need for a top-level medical facility in the region, and praised the stakeholders involved in the fight against the Ebola virus, especially the efforts to eradicate the epidemic at the regional level.
He told the delegation that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are similar in many ways and that what affects one of these countries affects the others.
In remarks earlier, the head of delegation, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, updated the Vice President on the regional collaboration to combat the Ebola virus and recounted the role of Vice President Boakai in bringing together the expertise of medical and other personnel.
He said the experts weighed in on the Ebola program as a whole, the trial vaccines and its social, medical and legal implications which issues were thoroughly considered and laid to rest.
Also speaking at the briefing, the Chairman of the Ebola Research Commission of Guinea, Professor Mandy Kader Konde, thanked Vice President Boakai for the meeting and spoke of the strategies put into place in Liberia to fight the virus.
He said they were closely following the methods used to combat the disease and that Guineans and their Liberian counterparts will continue to work together in that direction.