Liberia sacks absent officials amid Ebola crisis

Liberia sacks absent officials amid Ebola crisis

More than half of all people killed by the latest Ebola virus outbreak in 2014 have been in Liberia.

Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:7PM GMT

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed 10 government officials over remaining “out of the country without an excuse,” amid the nation’s persisting Ebola crisis.

Sirleaf stated on Sunday that the sacked authorities had displayed “insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority.”

The 10 officials include two commissioners, six assistant ministers and two deputy ministers at the Justice Ministry, Wheatonia Dixon-Barnes and Victoria Sherman-Lang.

The development came after the 10 officials were given a one-week ultimatum more than a month ago to return back to the country.

A press release issued by the presidential office on Saturday stated that the officials had been dismissed “with immediate effect.”

Moreover, eight more junior officials have also been warned to return to the country, and will not be paid until they do.

“Junior officials will forfeit all compensation until they return home to join in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” the presidency said.
This is while Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea remain the worst-hit nations in an outbreak that has killed more than 2,400 people.

More than half of those killed by the Ebola virus have been in Liberia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned recently that thousands more cases could occur in Liberia.

Ebola spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.

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