Ghana’s Foreign Minister Madam Hanna Serwaa Teteeh, has stressed the need for Liberia to increase vigilance at her borders with neighboring countries to prevent a reemergence of the deadly Ebola virus.
Minister Teteeh cautioned Liberia cannot be totally Ebola-freed unless neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone are equally free from the virus otherwise she said, Ebola could resurface here.
The Ghanaian Foreign Minister gave the caution on Monday May 11, 2015 at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmum Street, Monrovia at program marking the declaration of Liberia as an Ebola-freed nation by the World Health Organization (WHO).
She said it is important for Liberia to recognize the developmental efforts that were disrupted due to the Ebola crisis by making sure they are placed on the agenda of the government.
Madam Teteeh noted that the recent outbreak brought serious economic challenge to the three highly hit West African countries, leaving many developmental projects and agenda of the government at stake.
She also called on the Liberian government to adequately empower her security personnel to enable them exercise their duties at the various borders, stressing, “It is important that these people don’t compromise on their job for the safety of the country.”
Meanwhile, Madam Teteeh has also called on countries that shut their borders with Liberia to reopen those borders now that the country has been pronounced Ebola-freed.
She encouraged airlines that suspended flights to Liberia to resume flying to the country and halt further isolation.
Madam Teteeh, who spoke on behalf of Ghanaian President
John Dramani Mahama, praised the Government of Liberia and her international partners for defeating the virus.
By Lewis S. Teh