In an effort to fight vector-borne diseases, the Embassy of People's Republic of China near Monrovia has donated US$20,000 on behalf of the China Red Cross Society to the Liberia National Red Society to help strengthen the response to the spread of the Ebola virus in the country. A Foreign Ministry release, the donation was made on Friday, April 4, 2024 at the Chinese Embassy in Congo town. The deadly Ebola virus was discovered in the West African region from neighboring Guinea and spread over to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing several victims in the region. At least seven people are said to have died from the Ebola disease since the killer disease was discovered in Liberia two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared today Monday, April 7, 2014 as "World Health Day" and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a working holiday.
According to the Proclamation, Liberia as a founding member of the WHO will join other countries around the world in observance of the "World Health Day" under the Theme: "Vector-Borne Diseases".
This year's cerebration, according to a Foreign Ministry release, will focus on the awareness about the threat posed by vectors and vector-borne diseases and to motivate families and communities to take actions to protect themselves against traditional boundaries.
"Each year, the World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th to mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO", the proclamation added.
The Proclamation therefore calls on all hospitals, clinics, medical centers and schools as well as the citizenry throughout Liberia to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the resident office of the WHO in executing appropriate programs befitting the occasion.