MONROVIA, May 9 (LINA) – Despite the declaration of Liberia by the World Health Organization as an Ebola-free nation, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging Liberians to double their vigilance against the disease.
She urged Liberians to celebrate the WHO’s declaration, but cautioned that the nation is not out of the woods yet as Liberia's neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone are still reporting cases of the Ebola disease.
“The Incident Management System (IMS) demonstrated great capability in dealing with this health crisis, let us all celebrate, but remaining mindful that the joy we have now must not be interrupted,” the Liberian leader said at the special IMS meeting for the declaration of Liberia as an Ebola-free nation Saturday.
President Sirleaf believes that the nation is now on the path to greater progress and that remaining cautious and prepared always for future health challenges by supporting doctors and empowering community health initiatives as well as protecting Liberia’s borders, the nation can accrue more progress.
According to the Liberian leader, the people of Liberia will forever remain grateful for the immense international and local response which has enabled the country to overcome the Ebola virus.
“Let me say a huge congratulation to all of our partners, it has been an incredible effort by all of you, we look forward to sustaining the partnership, together we have a lot more work to be done,” President Sirleaf said.
She then paid special tribute to the more than 4,000 Liberian citizens who died as the result of the Ebola virus, terming them as “fallen heroes.”