For Immediate Release
Monrovia, Sunday, August 24, 2014: A five man medical team from the Democratic Republic of Congo has arrived in Liberia with a pledge to help Liberia in its fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease. The five man team headed by Professor Doctor Muyembe Fafum Jean Jacques, Coordinator of the Ebola Control Team in DR. Congo arrived in the country on Friday, August 22, 2014 on board Delta Airlines.
The delegation that includes two medical doctors and other experts along with two journalists was received upon arrival on behalf of the Liberian Government by the Chief of Protocol of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Rufus Neufville.
Speaking at a brief welcoming ceremony at the Roberts International Airport, Professor Dr. Jean Jacques disclosed that the team is in Liberia to support the country’s medical professionals and share their experiences. He noted that Liberia is affected with a strange virus which is well known in D.R. Congo, that’s why President Kabila Kanbage has decided to send the team to work with the Liberian Government in fighting the deadly Ebola virus and restore tranquility and normality to Liberia.
“Ebola always create panic, because it kills but Africans are capable of stopping this epidemic, through the help of the Almighty God”, Dr. Jean Jacques remarked. He stated President Kabila Kabange has sent a five-man professional medical team to Liberia to assist the fight against the dreadful Ebola virus and they would do all they can to help impact the fight against the virus.
For his part, Chief of Protocol Rufus Neufville expressed on behalf of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government and People of Liberia deepest gratitude to the President, and the Government and People of the Democratic Republic of Congo for their intervention which demonstrates true friendship. He assured the Congolese Medical Team of Government’s fullest cooperation.
The Chief of Protocol furthered that Ebola is a strange virus which took Liberia by surprise and that the coming of the medical professionals from DR. Congo with firsthand experience of the disease was very highly appreciated by the people of Liberia. Hon. Neufville also emphasized that under the dynamic leadership of H.E. Augustine K. Ngafuan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the stay of the medical team will be rewarding.
Other members of the Congolese Medical Team are Dr. Mukendi Kalambayi, Internist in charge of Control Infection, Mr. Muyembe Baby, Lab. Technician in charge of collecting, keeping and controlling specimens, Mr. Yongolele Riziki, Biologist in charge of Bio-Security and Mrs. Akonga Okito, Lab. Technician and Analyst.
Hon. Horatio Bobby Willie
Assistant Minister/Public Affairs