5 September 2014

Liberia: Experimental Ebola Drug From Italy Arrive for 30 Patients

Photo: Tim Shenk/MSF
A Médecins Sans Frontières team in Liberia.

Monrovia — As part of intense ongoing efforts by the Government of Liberia to curb the Ebola virus, an additional dosage of the experimental homeopathic drug for the virus has arrived in Liberia.

A Foreign Ministry release says a 3kg package of experimental remedy containing sufficient doses for 30 infected persons in the treatment of Ebola arrived in the country from the International Emergency Management Organization (IEMO) in Italy.

The arrival of the drug followed about two weeks of telephone conversational exchanges between Liberia's Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan and the Rome-based office of IEMO. According to the IEMO, this remedy is an aqueous alternative medicine that promotes homeopathic cure with no side effect.

Dr. Alessandro Manini, President of IEMO in a phone conversation last Friday with Foreign Minister Ngafuan intimated that once the effectiveness of the remedy is confirmed by the Ministry of Health, his organization will supply additional drugs at no cost to Liberia.

Meanwhile, Dr. Manini lauded the Liberian Leader, Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Government for the efforts thus far to curb the Ebola virus, and pledged the full support of the IEMO and his personal commitment to the people of Liberia during this difficult period in arresting the spread of the Ebola Virus.

The Chief Executive of IEMO then expressed sympathy to families affected by the virus and promised his organization's unflinching support to contain the outbreak. In furtherance of IEMO's support to Liberia, Dr. Manini said he is planning a solidarity and assessment mission to Liberia in October this year.

In response, Foreign Minister Ngafuan on behalf of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and People of Liberia, thanked Dr. Manini and the International Emergency Management Organization, for the timely intervention by the provision of the experimental remedy and the attention shown Liberia at this crucial time.

He affirmed Liberia's support to the work of the IEMO and welcomed the decision of Dr. Manini to visit Liberia in October, intimating that the people of Liberia will be very happy to receive him, considering the assistance of his organization at this critical time.

Liberian Embassy In Kuwait Dispatches seven boxes of Assorted Medical Items to Liberia

Seven boxes of assorted medical items donated by Dr. Sana Rashed Al Fadala, Chairman and CEO of Taiba Hospital and IMS arrived in the country on September 2, 2014 to bolster Government's effort in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. The items were donated at the initiative of Liberian Ambassador accredited to Kuwait, H.E. Konah K. Blackett.

These medical items include, Non Woven Surgical Face Mask-Ear loops, Non Woven Surgical Face Mask-Ties, Disposable N 95 Face Masks, Medical Gloves powdered, Medical Gloves powdered X-, Medical Gloves powder free X-small and Alcohol swab pad. According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Kuwait, His Excellency Ambassador Konah K. Blackett also stated that more supplies negotiated with him are to follow soon.

In another development, the Government of Kuwait has made a contribution of US$5M to the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist the West Africa sub-region in the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic, stated the dispatch. The Liberian Embassy near Kuwait City, expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti donors of these essential items


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