Information Minister Lewis Brown, says Liberia cannot win the Ebola fight without the help of foreign experts and the international community. The Ebola outbreak here, which started in March from neighboring Guinea, has claimed the lives of over 1000 Liberians, including doctors, nurses, and health care workers.
Addressing a regular press briefing on Monday, September 8th at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill, Minister Brown said even if the Government of Liberia depleted its coffers to fight the Ebola virus, there will still be challenges, because the World Health Organization it has requested for about six hundred million to combat the virus.
He said the government will continue to appeal for more assistance from those countries with the ability to assist Liberia. Brown, however stressed that the Liberian government will not surrender its responsibility to save Liberian lives to foreign partners or experts. He said Ebola is not just a problem in Liberia and Africa alone, but a global challenge that needs the full cooperation of people in the affected countries.
He appealed to the public to stop politicking the Ebola crisis, adding that it is not a time for politics, but for citizens think ahead and do something that would buttress the government’s effort in combating the Ebola virus. The MICAT boss added that Ebola is not a political fight or challenge, but a survival fight, because everybody is at risk.
He announced that the government is putting measures in place to build treatment centers in all 15 counties to avoid people leaving their areas to come for treatment in Monrovia.