LIBERIA: Pres. Sirleaf Seeks More Assistance From US

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the United States government to set up and operate an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia to assist Liberia in breaking the chain of transmission of the virus.

President Sirleaf said given the current rate of infection, only governments like the U.S have the resources and assets to deploy at the pace required to arrest the spread of the deadly disease.

The Liberian leader statement was contained in a letter written to US President Barrack Obama recently, according to the Liberia News Agency.

President Sirleaf observed that given the US Military experience in dealing with biohazards, infectious diseases and chemical agents and also with some units being equipped to respond to natural disasters, it is in appreciation of such efforts that the Liberian government seeks the US direct intervention into the Ebola crisis.

The President also requested that the US government assist in restoring regular basic and secondary health services at least 10 hospitals to respond to the needs of about 20 percent of non-Ebola cases diagnosed at ETU’s in the country.

“We need appropriate infection control protocols and testing facilities to protect health care workers and non-Ebola patients in these facilities, across the rest of Liberia we need to reopen at least one large public health facility to prevent deaths from treatable diseases and prevent maternal and infant mortality,” the President stated in her letter.

She further called on the US government to provide assistance with air bridges until private air services return to operation in an effort to support efforts being made by local NGOs as their works would be incapacitated if they are unable to respond urgently to the needs of the Liberian people.

It can be recalled that recently the UN Special System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, emphasized the need to construct more ETU’s in the country as it is cardinal to breaking the chain of the Ebola virus in Liberia.

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