United States President Barack Obama has reiterated that the U.S. will continue to help West African countries affected by the Ebola virus until the disease is fully eradicated.
“We’re proud to partner with you and we intend to see this through until the job is done,” President Obama said during a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. with leaders of three West African countries worst hit by the Ebola virus disease on Wednesday, April 15.
The West African leaders were Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone.
President Obama said he had invited the three West African leaders to “assess progress today and to look ahead.”
The U.S. President praised Liberia which, he said, has no new case, while there were fewer than 40 cases in the region last week, the lowest in more than a year.
He added that the success in Liberia was due to the efforts of the communities, who were determined to protect their lives and livelihood.
President Obama noted that while there has been “major progress, now we’re focused on a major shared goal, and that is getting to zero. We can’t get complacent. This virus is unpredictable.”
President Obama indicated that Ebola has also damaged the economies of the affected countries, and reiterated U.S. assistance for the region’s economic recovery.