2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Liberian President Discusses Ebola Outbreak

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, speaks to CNN about the situation in her country as it battles the devastating Ebola virus. When asked what Liberia needs to help stop the spread of Ebola, Johnson-Sirleaf responds: “Let me first say that this is not a Liberian problem, or Sierra Leone problem, or Guinea problem. It is an international problem. What we need is to build our capacity in terms of technical assistance for training. Technical assistance for treatment in the form of doctors and nurses. Those who have expertise in this area perhaps having served in Uganda or in the Democratic Republic of Congo that we can mobilize them. The Center for Disease control have people here. We are grateful for that, but it’s not enough because they are stretched thin. They need to have additional support… The basic things are all needed. Liberia has tried, we’ve used our own resources, but obviously we have limitations in our own resources and we hope that we will see the international community see this as a grave international disease and international catastrophe and will respond to it in like kind.”

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