U.S. President Barrack Obama has underscored his country’s commitment to work with Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other international partners to contain the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa.
President Obama also expressed his condolences for the lives lost in Liberia and other affected countries.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the U.S. President made the commitment when he made a telephone call to the Liberian leader on Thursday, August 14.
In their telephone conversation, the two leaders discussed ongoing control measures, including measures channeled through the Monrovia-based U.S. Disaster Assistance Response Team and assigned personnel in Liberia from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Obama further told the Liberian President that while her participation in the just-ended U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. was missed, he appreciated her decision to be represented by Vice President Joseph Boakai to lead efforts aimed at containing the spread of the disease.
The phone conversation between the two leaders comes a day after a consignment of the experimental drug, ZMapp, arrived in Liberia from the US.
The same day Guinea joined Liberia and Sierra in declaring a national health emergency as the three countries battle to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola disease.
President Sirleaf thanked the U.S. President for his concern and support to Liberia in aiding efforts to contain the spread of the disease and updated the American President about measures taken thus far as Liberia strives to contain the spread of the disease.