Jesus Took The Wheel And Fixed It: Liberia Is Ebola FREE As Celebration Erupts In The Streets Of Monrovia
The latest outbreak of Ebola, which started in Guinea and quickly spread to other parts of the world that killed many, has come to an end in Liberia. The country had the worst cases and approximately 4,700 lives were lost to the deadly disease. Monrovia, the capital of Liberia streets was filled with thousands celebrating the amazing news. An announcement made over the weekend by the World Health Organization (The WHO), brought the country hardest hit by the deadly virus, closure and Joy.
People waved cards with the message ‘bye bye Ebola’, we are the winner and we will always overcome’, as they sang. Healthcare workers, Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and survivors all gave testimonials. Tee Love Lorseh said, 'When I contracted the Ebola virus I was carried to the ETU, where all those who were in the centre with me died. Only I survived, while I was there my father and my mother died from the disease.'
The WHO agency, statement on Saturday confirmed that 42 days had passed since the last person confirmed with the virus in Liberia was buried. “That period is double the number of days the virus requires to incubate.” The agency however, warned citizens to be careful because Ebola outbreaks were continuing in neighboring countries. Guinea and Sierra Leone are not cleared of the virus and reentry from those countries into Liberia could lead to another outbreak. Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe, was apart of the Dignitaries at the press conference. He congratulated the people of Liberia on a wonderful job. He said, 'Ebola is an ally of silence and slow reaction. This should be a lesson for us in Africa. Quick reaction is needed in fighting a virus.'
A public holiday was declared in the country by the government and the celebration began. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (far right in the red top) was at the event. She was presented the 'Ebola-free' declaration, by The WHO's agency representative Alex Gasasira. Sirleaf said, 'My special thanks go to the security apparatus. They were heroes.' She also acknowledged the people of Sierra Leone and Guinea, committing herself to working with the government and helping both countries overcome the disease. She said, 'We are going to intensify that effort because we know that until they are free, totally free, we are not free,' President Sirleaf said. Representatives from Nigeria and Ghana were also in attendance. Francis Korkpor, Liberia Chief Justice, called the Ebola crisis 'an unprovoked attack on our nation that posed a serious threat to the survival of our existence.'
Liberian lawmaker Saah Joseph (Not pictured) was a major figure in rapid response to Ebola cases. He was nicknamed 'The Hero.' He recalls his days dealing with the deadly virus. He said, 'One day we carried more than 300 bodies to Redemption Hospital. We had to remove some to the Island Clinic. When we got there, we had more bodies. It was difficult for me, frustrating, but we had to do the job.'
As a fellow Liberian who currently lives in Atlanta, GA, I am glad that my country is free from this dark cloud, known as Ebola. 'To God Be The Glory.'
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