The Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country a national emergency. The Liberian leader made the declaration Saturday in her message to mark the country’s 167th Independence Anniversary held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.
She urged all Liberians to come together to fight the disease regardless of political, social, economic and religious persuasions.
The Liberian leader has accordingly constituted a National Task Force, headed by her to combat the Ebola outbreak.
She said the National Task Force will be co-chaired by the Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, in his capacity as head of the National Disaster Relief Commission, which, according to her, will be reactivated after months of inactivity.
The outbreak has killed over 600 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ebola causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhoea and kills up to 90 percent of those it infects. Highly contagious, it is transmitted through contact with blood or other fluids.
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