The World Bank Group has reaffirmed its commitment to remain supportive of Liberia’s effort to maintain its Ebola-free status and build a system for economic growth and job opportunities.
The commitment was conveyed by World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja at ceremonies marking the commemoration of the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia held in Monrovia on Monday.
Dobraja noted that an Ebola-free Liberia is a milestone that means more than being free from the disease, noting that it also means that Liberia and its partners, including the World Bank, have “come out strong and more willing to rely on each other and work together.”
“The Ebola response united the country and its partners in a unique way that has led us to the celebration; these efforts need to continue in rebuilding Liberia’s health services; the Ebola outbreak has taught us the importance of a strong and responsive health system and healthy people,” Dobraja asserted.
Making reference to efforts made in the Ebola fight, Dobraja noted that an Ebola-free Liberia is the heroic achievement of frontline health workers, families and communities, the government and its development partners.
Dobraja then accorded special tribute to those who fell to the Ebola virus, particularly the 192 medical personnel who also died as a result of the virus, adding, “They paid the ultimate price for their service to humanity.”