President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has called on the world to do more to end a spiralling Ebola outbreak that has crippled her country.
Sirleaf on Wednesday described US President Barack Obama’s commitment to ramp up efforts against the virus as “significant” but said she hopes it will only be the beginning.
“This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis.’
“We hope this decision by the United States will spur the rest of the international community into action,” Sirleaf said in a written statement read out by Information Minister Lewis Brown at a press conference.
Obama announced on Tuesday that as part of a $500m plan he will order 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to help contain the dreaded disease, which has killed at least 2,400 people.
The US is also planning on delivering 17 treatment centres with 100 beds each to Liberia, which has been hardest hit by the outbreak.
An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has also touched Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal .