U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac has said her country is proud to have partnered with Liberia and to have led the international response during the Ebola crisis in the country.
Ambassador Malac affirmed that the U.S remains firmly committed to working with Liberia and its partners to strengthen the country’s healthcare system so that an outbreak like the Ebola would never occur again.
She was speaking at a program to celebrate Liberia’s declaration as an Ebola-free nation held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia on Monday.
The U.S. envoy indicated that the outbreak has presented Liberia and its partners with many challenges, including the urgent need for a more robust healthcare system not only in Liberia but the entire West Africa.
She described Liberia’s success over the Ebola virus as a victory for which the credit should go to the Liberian government and its citizens.
“President Sirleaf, you and your government were at the forefront of the fight, calling for emergency action by the international community and mobilizing the Liberian people to stop Ebola in its tracks,” Malac noted.
It can be recalled that during the height of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the U.S. government deployed more than 3,000 military personnel in the country, an action that set the stage for the largest ever recorded U.S. government response to a global health crisis.
Experts also from the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked closely with their Liberian and African Union (AU) counterparts to track and develop strategies to stop the disease and perform contact tracing.
In an effort to accurately test blood samples for the Ebola virus, scientists from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agencies (DTRA) and the National Institutes of Health worked with their Liberian partners to promote such endeavor.
The U.S. further collaborated with Liberians and other partners, donors, UN agencies and local organizations in the Ebola response to coordinate U.S. government assistance effort and to ensure that it was used wisely.