The New Dawn (Monrovia)

23 July 2014

Liberia: Gov't Gives U.S.$500,000 for Ebola Fight

The Liberian Government has announced US$500,000 from its coffers to fund the Ebola campaign. Liberian health authorities have in recent days reported 105 Ebola related deaths, with 48 of those cases confirmed since the second wave of the outbreak here.

Making the pronouncement on Tuesday, July 22, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appealed to all citizens and residents to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, and requested the military's logistic command to help transport medical supplies to affected areas. The Executive Mansion says President Sirleaf made the call during a brief stopover at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town early Tuesday morning.

A release issued Tuesday evening says President Sirleaf expressed the conviction that the country can overcome the outbreak if a common front is formed in the fight against Ebola through community outreach and other awareness campaigns. She commended health workers, national and international partners for their role in the fight and reassured government's commitment to the fight.

She, however, challenged government officials in particular to take the lead in informing their communities about preventive measures, terming the outbreak as serious and suggested that everyone gets involved. "This is not the time for denial, this Ebola issue is true and we all have to fight it together," President said.

President Sirleaf, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia called on the military to get involved in the fight by helping to transport medical supplies to THE affected areas through its logistic command.

Speaking earlier, World Health Organization or WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo praised the courage and commitment of the Liberian Government in the campaign. He called on the population to stop doubting the existence of the outbreak and begin to take preventive measures as the surest way of containing the Ebola virus.

The visiting WHO envoy told the gathering that though the disease is serious, it is manageable but only through preventive measures. He encouraged the Liberian Government to keep up the fight and committed the WHO by partnering with Liberia in dealing with the situation.

Also speaking, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General Karin Lagrin renewed the UN Mission's commitment to collaborating with government and all players in the fight to contain the outbreak. She named some of their strategies as radio and community outreach terming it as the most important component of the preventive engagement.

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