The NEWS (Monrovia)

5 August 2014

Liberia: UNDP Donates Four Vehicles

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has donated four vehicles to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Internal Affairs in support of the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

UNDP Resident Representative to Liberia, Antonio Vigilante said the vehicles were previously procured for the government's decentralization program.

Speaking Monday at the signing ceremony, Mr. Vigilante said due to the Ebola emergency situation, UNDP reached a decision to divert the vehicles in support of the fight against Ebola.

He hopes that the vehicles would be used by the government for burial, contact tracing and other efforts of the government and partners in the Ebola fight.

The UNDP boss said his institution will reorder different vehicles for the Ministry of Internal Affairs for its decentralization program.

Mr. Vigilante also frowned on traditional practices which, he said, are becoming harmful to the fight against the Ebola virus in Liberia.

"Tradition is generally associated with the positive concept, but not all traditions are good. Some traditions are very bad; some traditions are very harmful and today we are seeing the demonstration every day... " Mr. Vigilante said.

He said if the issues of harmful traditional practices are not addressed, reducing transmission and spread of the Ebola virus will be difficult for the government and partners.

For his part, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly said the vehicles arrived at a time when the government is desperately in need of vehicles and other support to deal with the Ebola crisis.

Minister Dukuly said the Ministry of Health, in the last Taskforce meeting, stressed the need for 12 additional vehicles to be used for burial and other purposes.

He lauded UNDP for its continuous support to Liberia.

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