LIBERIAN LEADER, PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF:
The Task Force constituted Saturday by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in conjunction with the Technical Health Team headed by the Health Ministry with the World Health Organization (WHO) as member, has announced stringent measures to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
The Task Force headed by President Sirleaf along with the Technical Team held a joint meeting on Sunday and advanced several measures, including the imminent closure of Liberia’s borders excluding airports and major entry points.
“All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of the major entry points, including the Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing, Ganta Crossing,” the Liberian leader said.
In her statement at the meeting, the Liberian leader said at these entry points, preventive and testing centers will be established, and that stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to.
She said a new travel policy by the Liberia Airport Authority, covering inspection and testing of all outgoing and incoming passengers would be strictly observed as part of efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
President Johnson Sirleaf also announced that there would be restrictions on public gatherings such as solidarity marches, demonstrations, while promotional advertisements will all be restricted henceforth.
The Liberian leader also mandated hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers and video clubs to regular screen five-minute films on Ebola awareness and prevention.
“Government vehicles will be commandeered, as appropriate, to provide needed logistic support to the health delivery system,” President Sirleaf said.
In the statement the Liberian leader added that “All Government facilities and public places are to install and provide public access for washing of hands and other sanitization services.”
President Sirleaf also urged support to Technical Team and the Task Force by the security, including the Armed Forces of Liberia in enforcing the latest government regulations.
The EVD has claimed about 129 lives in Liberia and about 700 lives in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in March 2014.