(Monrovia, Liberia) The World Health Organization, WHO, has declared Liberia Ebola free today. According to WHO, Liberia has gone without of new Ebola case for 42 days, twice the maximum incubation period with the last Ebola case reported March 27, 2015.
Welcoming and celebrating the relief of her country being declared Ebola free, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf told the Associated Press that the damage the worst Ebola outbreak in hi“a scar on the conscience of the world.”
President Sirleaf said international response to the outbreak was slow and “therefore, let today’s announcement be a call to arms that we will build a better world for those Ebola could not reach,” the Liberian leader lamented. “It is the least the memories of our dearly departed deserve”, further said.
Meanwhile the President Sirleaf toured health facilities in Monrovia, the capital, flanged by United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac. She hugged and took pictures with citizens.
The country is however caution as they celebrate as Guinea and Sierra Leone, their neighbors to the West and North are still battling the outbreak and just one infected person slipping through the crack of their porous border could see the re-bounce of the disease. President Sirleaf says her country is prepared to deal with any eventual new cases that might slip through the borders of Sierra Leone and Guinea into her country.