Liberia’s fight against Ebola is paying off and a main treatment center has been closed
May 6 , 2015 The U.S has closed their Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, a gesture that shows the country’s fight against the deadly virus is paying off. America had recalled most of its troops who were in the country to fight the outbreak after cases dropped drastically, with the last recorded case ending on March 27th. As specified by the World Health Organization, Liberia is conducting the 42-day countdown, twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, to officially be declared free of the disease,
The hospital was closed in a ceremony that was attended by the country’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other stakeholders such as the US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy.
Vice Admiral Murphy said
“We want to work with the Liberian leaders and Liberian people to ensure that we don’t only get past this outbreak of Ebola, but that we are partners and we do everything we can to support the construction of a stable and effective health system for the future,”.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed the US contingent saying: “what can I say but to express to you on behalf of the Liberian people how much we appreciate you.”
The U.S was instrumental to the building of the 15 Ebola treatment units during the outbreak, and trained over 1,500 health workers while urging the world community into contributing over $2 billion to Ebola efforts.