Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Ebola Epidemic

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Reuters
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Reuters

For months the Ebola virus has been centered in Liberia, killing more than half of those infected.

This week, Liberia’s two most important political leaders, the president and vice president, talked exclusively with CBN News’s George Thomas about the illness ravaging their country.

Even before I (George Thomas) could step in this office to meet Vice President Joseph Boakai or spend time with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first woman president, my day had to start by getting through Liberian security.

Under normal circumstances, I would shake hands, but the situation in Liberia doesn’t allow it.

In addition to the usual security checks that you have to perform when you are seeing a head of state, here in Liberia we have to wash our hands with chlorine before meeting with the president.

Then one final stop: a temperature check to make sure I didn’t have a fever before entering the presidential office.

Inside, a semi-confident Liberian president told CBN News she believes her country is slowly turning the tide against the deadly virus.

“We are beginning to see a little bit of a reduction in the incidences across the country,” Johnson-Sirleaf said.

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George Thomas

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