President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Honoring program
Pres. Sirleaf Honors Dedication To Duty
MONROVIA, July 19 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, has recognized several individuals for their devotion, sacrifices and altruism, noting that several of the honorees in the discharge of their duties and in response to service, paid the ultimate price of life.
“Though we cannot bring them back we will forever cherish their memories,” the president5 stressed.
In brief remarks at the Investiture ceremony held at the Monrovia City Hall to jumpstart celebrations marking Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, the Liberian leader paid tribute to those, “who despite the risks, put country before self, taking on the challenges to reach out and administer to those befallen by an unknown enemy.
“We owe much to our doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and healthcare workers who stood by us in those terrifying days,” President Sirleaf emphasized.
She also, acknowledged with pride the indispensable role played by the communities represented by the several groups being honored.
President Sirleaf extolled Liberia’s friends from around the world who left the comfort and safety of their country and families to join and stand by Liberia in this fight.
“I cannot say enough for the leaders and people of our own regional institutions – ECOWAS, AU - several countries like brother’s keepers were here despite the
She thanked everyone for what they did in the interest of Liberia and its people.
The Liberian leader stressed that although the virus is still around, government is confident in its capability to respond to and defeat the virus.
Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn received the honor on behalf of the healthcare workers.
A Citation by the President read by the Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, Ambassador Rufus Neufville stated in npart: “…The impact of this outbreak has been enormous in terms of loss of human lives and negative economic socio-economic consequences. The health care workers were disproportionately affected with more than 300 cases and about 200 deaths reported amongst this group. “
“In the midst of the inadequate health work force, the country suffered seriously by the impact of Ebola on our tireless health workers. This number of health workers has created a huge gap in the healthcare delivery system of the country. The nation will forever remember the health workers still alive and passed for their efforts
in the war against Ebola…,” the citation added.
To the late Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a victim of the Ebola virus, the Citation by the President read: “…By his demise the Liberian people have been deprived of his valuable and professional expertise in the field of public health and the nation, a distinguished servant of humanity…”