Liberian president sacks top officials over Ebola Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah told AA the names would be announced later

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA (AA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed – effective immediately – all top government officials who failed to adhere to her recent order to return home amid the ongoing fight against Ebola.

The president has ordered that all officials occupying ministerial-level positions, managing directors, deputy directors or commissioners who violated the orders be relieved of their positions, according to a statement released by the presidency.

“All public servants not occupying ministerial-level positions but are holding important public offices will be removed from the payroll until their return,” it added.

Three weeks ago, President Sirleaf cancelled a trip to Washington to attend a U.S.-Africa leaders’ summit due to the country’s Ebola epidemic.

She later ordered all government officials who had been out of the country at the time to return by the end of July or consider themselves relieved of their deputies.

The presidency has not released the names of the officials to have been dismissed from their posts.

“What I put out is what the president has instructed me. I cannot call names now until she releases the names,” Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah told Anadolu Agency.

In recent months, Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has claimed 1429 lives in West Africa.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, Liberia had 624 confirmed, probable or suspected Ebola deaths, as well as 1082 infections, as of 20 August.

The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals.

It also reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease.

 

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