26 August 2014

Liberia: USAID Brings in More Equipment for Ebola

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) over the weekend brought into the country a huge consignment of medical equipment for the ongoing fight against Ebola in Liberia.

The consignment includes 10,000 kits of personal protective equipment, two 10,000-liter containers alongside two water-purification units and 100 tarpaulins (plastic sheeting).

The entire consignment sums up to more than 16 tons.

The consignment was offloaded immediately and stored in the World Food Program (WFP) warehouse in Monrovia.

A logistician with the United States Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Kai Olsen, told newsmen that though it was the USAID's first cargo of medical items, there were more being planned for the combat against the deadly disease.

"This is the first load of cargo that we have brought into Liberia. This cargo shipment comes from our major warehouse in Dubai and has several major commodities in it. One is plastic sheeting used to erect temporary shelters. Other major commodities on the shipment are water-purification units and with that we have large containers that store purified water that are ready to be distributed," Olsen said.

"This is the first, and there are several other things that are planned right now. One of the things that we are doing is to support the National Lab, one of the laboratories where they test the sample to tell whether they are positive or negative."

The consignment arrived at the Roberts International Airport onboard the Egypt-based Dutch cargo airliner, Tristar from the USAID's warehouse in Dubai.

USAID has three warehouses worldwide--in Miami, USA; Pisa, Italy and Dubai, United Arab Emirate (U.A.E.) The warehouse in Dubai was chosen due to its proximity to Liberia.

USAID had also funded the cost of some 40 metric tons of chlorine and 400,000 clinical gloves brought into the ton country on Saturday, a day before.

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