OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations has said that despite enormous challenges in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, she was pleased with the level of commitment exhibited by Sierra Leone to contain the Ebola virus disease.
Ambassador Samantha Power, who is also a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, said she was in Sierra Leone to express solidarity and hope that the U.S. government will continue to stand by the government and people of Sierra Leone to ensure that the Ebola disease is eradicated, adding that the U.S. government has sent fifty-nine experts from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to help eradicate the virus.
“We are very grateful for the level of leadership shown by President Ernest Bai Koroma. We are very pleased with the integration at the National Ebola Response Centre in which the British and Sierra Leonean military and other partners closely work together. I want to assure you of my government’s commitment in fighting Ebola out of Sierra Leone,” Ambassador Power said.
She further noted that the Ebola disease has been classified as a national security priority by the U.S. government, and that they will work with international partners, including the British and French, to contribute towards the fight. She said she was pleased to have seen young people who should be in the university volunteering to be trained to work alongside health practitioners to address the deadly virus.
“As local media you have a responsibility as citizens to sensitize the people about the Ebola pandemic. I want to commend the country’s burial teams who have scored over 90% in the last five days in discharge of their duties,” she said.
The U.S. mission in Sierra Leone is leading multi-agency efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak through diplomatic engagement, medical experts, technical assistance and public outreach.
The U.S., in collaboration with the government of Sierra Leone and other donor partners, has prioritized treatment centres for isolation, safe medical burial practices, infection prevention and control, laboratory support, community mobilization and public awareness.