The NEWS (Monrovia)

5 September 2014

Liberia: LBDI Gives U.S.$11,500 to Ebola Fight

In continuation of its financial support to the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Thursday made two separate cash donations of US$11,500 to the Ebla Trust Fund and Montserrado County Representative Saah H. Joseph respectively.

US$10,000 of the money was given to the Ebola Trust Fund recently established by the government of Liberia to coordinate financial contributions from internal and external sources to fight the virus, while US$1,500 was given to Representative Joseph to enhance the running of his ambulances.

LBDI President John B.S. Davies, III, said the US$11,500 is part of the bank's way in buttressing government's and Rep. Joseph's efforts in fighting the Ebola virus.

Mr. Davies said LBDI is obligated to buttressing efforts required to ensure the survivability of the country and its citizens in such a difficult time.

The LBDI President said the bank was moved to identify with Rep Joseph due to his humanitarian services in using his private ambulances to attend to emergency Ebola cases.

He said the Montserrado County Representative had shown a high degree of humanity by voluntarily transporting suspected Ebola patients to treatment centers as well as suspected Ebola dead bodies.

The LBDI President hopes that although meager, the money will help to continue fuelling his ambulances and take care of some of the logistical needs while offering humanitarian services toward the Ebola fight.

Mr. Davies further said the US$10,000 donation to the Ebola Trust Fund is in addition to the US$9,000 recently donated by LBDI on behalf of the Bankers Association of Liberia.

The LBDI President said to further buttressing government's effort to combat the Ebola virus, the bank has given the Ministry of Health free service charge on all Ebola accounts.

Receiving the money, Deputy Finance and Development Planning Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James Kollie thanked LBDI for the donation and noted that it will help government fight the virus which continues to kill Liberians and foreign nationals.

Deputy Minister Kollie said the donation demonstrates that the bank has been a true partner to the Liberian government.

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