Liberia's Sirleaf sees signs of Ebola 'stabilisation'

2014-10-02 08:26
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (AFP, File

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (AFP, File

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday the Ebola outbreak that has devastated her country was showing signs of stabilising as the official death toll rose again.

"We are beginning to see stabilisation, even in Monrovia which has been hit the hardest, we are beginning to see a slowdown in the numbers of people reporting to a treatment centre," Sirleaf told France 24 news channel.

"That's something that tells us... that we are finally on the road to solving this."

Liberia has accounted for more than half of Ebola deaths, with the official toll rising to 3 338 Wednesday, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Her comments come as the African Development Bank (ADB) announced $155m of new aid for Ebola-hit nations, with Liberia getting the largest slice - $62m.

Grave warnings

The epidemic has crippled the country's already weak health services, killing 89 health workers, and its spiral out of control has prompted stark warnings of an explosion of cases and complete collapse of the fragile post-war society.

WHO has sounded grave warnings over the possibility of tens of thousands more cases in the coming months.

However a more optimistic Sirleaf said this was "absolutely not" going to happen.

"I am just waiting now for them to get the recent statistics, and I hope they will admit this is just simply wrong and that all of our countries are getting this thing under control."

She hailed an international response which has seen the International Monetary Fund fast-track much-needed aid and the US send critical supplies and troops to the country to build new treatment centres.

International response

The new cash from the ADB is a mixture of loans and donations with Guinea, where the outbreak began, receiving $33m, while Sierra Leone will get $51m. Neighbouring Ivory Coast has been given $9m in case the disease spreads there.

The bank is also giving an extra $10m to encourage African doctors and nurses to go to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to help combat the virus.

"We have to admit that the international response was late in coming, and based on our own limited capacity to respond, we had quite an acceleration in the disease," Sirleaf said.

"Today that has changed, the international response is quite large... so now we are very hopeful that while it was late, we now have the capacity to be able to address this in a very significant way."

Sirleaf admitted the economic impact of the outbreak would be dire.

"We have a $132m reduction in our budget, which is close to $600m anyway, and so we are going to be hit hard, however we have natural resources... once we beat Ebola, we are going to bounce back."

Read more on:    who  |  ellen johnson sirleaf  |  liberia  |  ebola  |  health  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.