The late Dr. Atai-Omoruto who left her beloved Country, Uganda to come to Liberia in helping to save lives as a result of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia will forever be remembered by all Liberians who felt her presence as a committed medical doctor without border.
Our reporter who spoke to cross section of Liberians in Monrovia and its suburb, said many of those who spoke to the GNN appeared saddened as the news broke out to them about the death of one of Africa’s fearless fighters, who stood firm catering to victims of Ebola.
Our reporter said an old woman perhaps in her 70s broke into tears as she heard other women talking about the death of Dr. Atai-Omoruto, and her role played in Liberia helping victims of the deadly Ebola virus.
“Mother Jebbeh” as she is affectionately call by many of the residents of the area who came from nearby speaking through an interpreter told our reporter that the late Dr. Atai-Omoruto will forever be remembered for her humanitarian role played, noting, “God first this woman second made my son to come back to life,” she explained her ordeal to our reporter.
Mother Jebbeh said her only son, Amos, 45, who contracted the Ebola and spent nearly two months at the Island Hospital where the late Dr. Atai-Omoruto assigned was taken care by her and the other medical staffer for her only son to survive including other Ebola affected victims.
For Abraham Sumo, 52, he survived the deadly Ebola virus through the kind words of the late Ugandan doctors who treated and took care of him and the other survivals, adding, “This great woman will be missed, we hope we had a medical doctor here like that woman. As I speak to you I am voiceless, “ Abraham speaking to our reporter said.
Other Liberian health practitioners who worked with the late Ugandan medical doctor expressed their sincere sympathies on a local radio stations as many of them in their phone calls expressed their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family, the Government and people of Uganda.
For her part, the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her message of condolence sent to the Government and people of Uganda, especially the bereaved family, through Mr. Yowere Museveni, President of Uganda, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, on the death of Dr. Anne Deborah Atai-Omoruto.
Dr. Atai-Omoruto, at the request of the World Health Organization, came to Liberia in July 2014 with a team of 14 Ugandan health workers she had gathered at the height of the Ebola epidemic and helped turn the tide in the battle against the disease.
At the time, the outbreak had reached Monrovia and non-governmental organizations were pulling their workers out of the country, while many governments were unwilling to send medics.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Liberian leader, in her message to her Ugandan counterpart said, “It is with profound shock and deep sorrow that we have learned of the death of Dr. Anne Deborah Atai-Omoruto as a result of cancer on Thursday, May 2, 2016.”
President Sirleaf, remembering her meaningful contribution to this country, classified her as a “heroine” who dedicated her time and effort to the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.
“Dr. Omoruto led a team of Ugandan doctors to Liberia and also stood as a strong advocate for health workers who were on the frontier of the fight. Her courage and dedication inspired many health workers in Liberia, particularly women,” she added.
She prayed that God will grant President Museveni and the people of Uganda, strength, courage and fortitude as they go through this difficult period.