LIBERIA: Ellen Optimistic About Liberia’s Ability To Contain Ebola

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is optimistic that Liberia is now fully prepared to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

“The country now has a strong capacity in combatting the virus and so the response to the new cases was very good and a second countdown is now on. We are now working on the institutionalization of the response capability and capacity,” President Sirleaf pointed out.

She added that the country took up a new window of opportunity and victory over Ebola until the most recent cases which are being Contained.

The Liberian leader expressed the optimism Thursday when she received in audience Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Gary Gottlieb of the international social justice and health organization Partners in Health.

Dr. Farmer, an American anthropologist and physician who is best known for his humanitarian work, is providing healthcare services to rural and under resourced areas in developing countries including Haiti. He is also co-founder of Partners in Health; while Dr. Gary Gottlieb is its Executive Director.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader thanked Dr. Farmers and Partners in Health for their services in Liberia, particularly during the most difficult period of the Ebola outbreak and for the services they have rendered Liberians, especially rural dwellers in southeastern Liberia where their operations are focused.

In remarks, Drs. Farmer and Gottlieb provided updates to the Liberian leader on their organization’s operation in Liberia, especially Maryland, Grand Kru, Rivercess and Grand Gedeh where over 200 community health workers are busy servicing these communities.

The two health officials also commended President Sirleaf, her government and the people of Liberia for effectively combatting and containing the deadly Ebola virus disease that threatened the progress of Liberia.

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