Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has challenged all Liberians to work together to eradicate what he calls this devastating disease that pose a great threat to the political, economic, cultural and social fabrics of the Liberian society describing these times as stressful and fearful.
He said it is important that all work together with partners to get rid of this epidemic in order to continue with the national development agenda for the improvement of the lives of the people.
Vice President Boakai was speaking Friday during the official launch of the WASH Strategy under the auspices of the Liberia Water Sanitation and Hygiene Sector with the theme Wash Ebola Away at the Ministry of Public Works here.
The strategy is aimed at reaching out to communities to create awareness on the prevention of the killer disease specifically in Montserrado and Lofa Counties.
Speaking at the launch on behalf of President Sirleaf, Vice President Boakai said the outbreak of the virus caught the nation and the world unprepared and as a result Liberia took concrete and serious steps for the eradication of the menace which include the setting up of the task force on EVD control and prevention, the declaration of the state of emergency to create condition to tackle the spread of the virus, allocating financial and other resources to the fight, engaging the international community on a way forward and mobilizing local security forces to help in the process amongst others.
Vice President Boakai stressed that the virus is costing a halt to all development projects, reducing our level of commerce and trade, diminishing government’s ability to raise money and affecting the core of our very existence as a nation state.
He went on to say that current statistics, the death toll and scientific projections by international partners are very alarming pointing to the fact that more has to be done and more resources have to be deployed.