The head of the United States Army troops deployed in Liberia, Maj./Gen. Darryl Williams, has said his soldiers will remain until the Ebola virus is kicked out of Liberia.
He made the statement in the office of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Capitol Building in Monrovia on Monday when he and U.S Ambassador Deborah Malac paid VP Boakai a courtesy visit.
General Williams said the U.S. troops will team-up with personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to construct Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across the country in order to ease the issue of over crowdedness at existing treatment centers.
According to him, his men will provide training and logistical support to AFL personnel in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, as they have brought into the country medical equipment, including two mobile laboratories, to test and treat infected persons.
According to General Williams, members of his troop are impressed with Liberia and the level of reception they have received so far, and as such, they are eager to help the Liberian people contain the spread of the virus.
For her part, Ambassador Malac stressed the commitment of the United States Government in helping Liberia curb further transmission of the disease, adding, “We are providing additional energy, medical and manpower support to the process.”
“We have built two labs and we are going to build additional ones in a week or two. AFL and U.S Army personnel have started the construction of two treatment centers in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County and Tubmanburg, Bomi County respectively,” Malac disclosed.
In response, Vice President Boakai thanked the United States Government for the level of support it has given and continues to render to the government and people of Liberia, noting, “This will help our country in a great way.”
He told the U.S envoy and Army General that the Liberian people are willing to work with soldiers of the U.S. Army to contribute their quota to the fight against the Ebola virus, adding, “We have already set up a local structure as a means of buttressing your effort.”