29 August 2014

Liberia: Indian Community Donates Ambulances, Ebola Gears

Monrovia — As Liberia continues the fight against the killer Ebola virus, donations are fast coming from friends with the Association of Indian community in Liberia becoming the latest to make significant contributions to the government in fighting the virus.

Making the presentation Thursday at the General Service Agency (GSA) where the National Task Force is being hosted, the Honorary Counsel General of the India in Liberia Upijit Singh Sachdeva said the Indian community is in solidarity with the government and sees it as a binding duty and responsibility to contribute to the effort against the virus.

Sachdeva said: "The Association of Indian community in Liberia as one of several communities in Liberia sees itself as an important stakeholder in the Liberian society. As one of the communities in Liberia, we too are affected by the disease. However, we see it as our binding duty and responsibility to contribute our quota to the fight to eliminate the disease in our second, home, Liberia".

The Honorary counsel general indicated that the enormity of an outbreak of the Ebola disease in Liberia, and three other West African Countries-Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria has made fighting the epidemic a global challenge, requiring an effective global response.

Singh Sachdeva said: "The current outbreak of the Ebola disease in Liberia is affecting the country in many ways. It is affecting the people; it is affecting all communities in the country; it is affecting the Nation, and it is affecting neighboring nations. And other neighboring states have unfortunately closed the air and land borders severely hampering intra-sub-regional trade in which Liberia depends largely for importation of some essential food items."

Warning against price hikes

The Indian Community has also disclosed that it has warned all its members against hiking prices in the wake of the Ebola crisis and is in solidarity with the Liberian Government and people and is concerned about the outbreak. Singh Sachdeva promised that the Indian community has vowed to do all they can to curtail the Ebola virus.

He further said the Association of Indian community in Liberia as one of the several communities in Liberia sees itself as an important stakeholder in the Liberian society, and with that responsibility they too are affected by the disease and because of that they see it as a bounding duty and responsibility to contribute.

"It is against this backdrop that we have come here today to present our donation as part of the National and global response to fight against the disease. The donation consists of wide-range of items including two ambulances, two thousand bags of rice, hospital beds, 24,000 bottles of water, Household utensils amongst several other items".

Counsel General Sachdeva concluded "Excellency, it is therefore my pleasing duty on behalf of the Association of Indian community in Liberia, and as my Honorary Consul General of India in Liberia to present to you this delivery order for the donated items".

The group further commended the President of Liberia for what it termed her extraordinary leadership in effectively and urgently responding to the outbreak and spread of the dreadful Ebola virus and disclosed that all members of the Indian community in Liberia have been advised to abide by measures put in place by the Liberian government.

Ebola is Everybody's Fight

Receiving the items on behalf of the Taskforce, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who heads the Taskforce commended the group for their gesture and called on them to work with government in bringing Liberia back from where it has been.

In further remarks the Liberian President cautioned foreign national and business in the Country to join the efforts in fighting the Ebola, because in her words the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia and the region is everybody's fight. The Liberian government continues to receive donations and goodwill gesture from well-meaning Liberians, International partners, friendly governments and the International Community including during the current Ebola outbreak.

Among the items donated by the Indian community to the Task Force include; 2 Ambulances, one with 16 seated capacity while the other had no seats, 2,400 bottles of Mineral water, 2000 bags of rice, 100 bags Hospital Bed Mattresses, 2000 buckets and 12,000 plates. Others include; 6000 bowls, 4800 IV fluids (drips), 5,400 pack of Juice, 7500 Detergent Soap, 4800 Bottles Alcohol and 50 Hospital folding bed amongst others.

Amid the numerous donations, the United nations Mission in Liberia has warned that the virus is showing no sign of reducing due to the slow response of state authorities. UNMIL in the report indicated that state authorities remain unable to respond in a significant manner and international response also remains limited.

"The epidemic shows no sign as yet of stabilization and reduction. State authorities remain unable to respond in a significant manner and the international response remains limited", stated the report. The UN Mission is predicting that cases of the deadly virus will rise in the coming days because Liberian authorities are not able to address the current situation.

Stated UNMIL: "It is evident that the Liberian authorities are not able to address the present state of the country. Consequently, it can be anticipated that many additional EVD cases will arise in the coming days".


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