Liberia honours Ugandan medic who succumbed to Ebola

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised medical workers for their devotion to saving lives in the midst of great danger to themselves. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

In what may be unprecedented in Liberian history, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has conferred a high posthumous honour on a Ugandan medical doctor.

At the investiture ceremony to mark Liberia’s 167th independence anniversary held at the Foreign ministry Thursday night, President Sirleaf awarded the late Dr Sam Mutooro Muhumuza with Liberia’s Order of African Redemption.

Dr Muhumuza contracted the Ebola disease and died while trying to save the lives of Ebola patients at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia.

The honour citation by the President read: “….The finest moment of the professional life of the deceased would be recorded when he undertook the assignment to Liberia, as a manifestation for the promotion of international cooperation, to provide humanitarian service to the people of Liberia.

“It is in recognition of his collaborative and selfless service to the Liberian people that the government deeply shares a sense of sorrow with the government and people of Uganda and his family to whom the Liberian nation is morally indebted.”

It went on: “He will be remembered as a true international servant who exhibited competence and intelligence at the highest echelon of his profession and distinction.”

Selfless

The Liberian government also conferred the ‘Star of Africa’ honours on all health workers who have died while trying to save lives during the Ebola outbreak.

The World Health Organisation in Liberia was also singled out for honour for its commitment to containing the deadly virus that has ravaged the country since March 30, 2014.

President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to all the health workers, doctors, nurses and paramedics who continue to be of service to the Liberian people amid the danger to themselves.

“We like to say to them how much we appreciate what they are doing to helping the country arrest the deadly Ebola disease.”

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