The United States government is committed to ensuring the total eradication of Ebola in West Africa. The United States led a global response to the deadly hemorrhagic disease that ravaged some West African countries in 2014.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggested a worst-case scenario of 1.4 million victims in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The epidemic grew into the deadliest Ebola outbreak the world had ever seen.
Spokesman for the US Department of State, John Kirby at a press briefing noted that in spite of the significant gains made in containing the pandemic, the United States of America will continue its work in the region until the disease is completely wiped out.
“We continue to focus on West Africa with respect to Ebola while we note the significant decrease in the spread of the disease, particularly in Liberia. I can tell you we continue to monitor it very, very closely and work with local authorities there” Mr. Kirby said.
President Barack Obama in the wake of the pandemic announced that his government will treat Ebola as both a national security priority, and an example of American leadership.
The U.S. built, coordinated, and led a worldwide response to the Ebola outbreak. It also deployed military, civilian and health care personnel to the region as part of a 750 million dollar package to deal with the disease.
The state department in Washington DC, announced that the continuous presence of US agencies in the region is to ensure that the disease is totally nipped in the bud.
“We still have individuals from USAID as well as from nongovernmental organizations in the region. We have not turned away from this issue, and we’re mindful that – again, though the numbers are down, what we want to see is zero, and we’re going to continue to work with local authorities towards that goal”Mr. Kirby said.
The US is once again asking ECOWAS governments to priorities efficient health care institutions and structures to escape such fatalities in future. Ghana did not record a single case of the dreadful disease that threatened the sub-region.
PK Dickson-Washington DC