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Liberia’s Public Health, Human Resource Key To Health Security - Price
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Liberia’s Public Health, Human Resource Key To Health Security - Price

By Joseph Toe

MONROVIA, May 18 (LINA) – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services has said the public health facilities and human resources Liberia now has and those trained to use them are key to achieving lasting national health security in the country.

Dr. Thomas E. Price named them as emergency operations centers, laboratories, stronger surveillance systems, and in-country technical support when he addressed a joint press conference with Health Minister Bernice Dahn at the Roberts International Airport Wednesday.

Price stated that those facilities that Liberia never had before were made possible owing to the work done during and following the Ebola response.

He took note of the partnership between the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services and the people of Liberia, describing it as “one of mutual cooperation” that has had a lasting effect on the stability, health and well-being of Americans and Liberians alike.

“Together we have worked hand-in-hand to fight the tragedy of Ebola, and in the process have succeeded in improving the health system here in Liberia,” Price said.

He added that following outreach to the United States, it was President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s tremendous leadership and a robust response from several U.S. Government agencies and other international partners during the Ebola crisis that helped move Liberia toward successful containment of Ebola at a faster pace than other countries affected in the region.

He assured that the United States and the Department of Health and Human Services are committed to working with Liberia to address the remaining challenges in Liberia’s recovery from the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak.

“We look forward to continuing to work side-by-side to improve disease detection, enhance laboratory services, maintain a rapid and effective emergency response, and develop the health workforce,” Price added.

The U.S. official recognized and expressed deep pride in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services staff here on the ground in Liberia.

They include doctors, nurses, public health workers, and experts from across the Department, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Health Services and Resources Administration.

“Your work to promote global health security and your commitment to find and stop disease outbreaks here and around the world - whether they are natural, accidental, or deliberate - keeps Americans and others around the world safe,” he pointed out.

Price added: “Together we have much to be proud of, specifically Liberia’s progress in the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.”

“We know that by ensuring that all countries around the world are better prepared to prevent, detect, respond to, and control disease outbreaks at the local level, we can reduce the threat of international health emergencies,” he stressed.

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