The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) says it has reached an agreement with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA-CEBP) of United States Department of Defense for the design of NPHIL and the National Reference Laboratory in Monrovia, as well as the Regional Referral Laboratory in Bong County.
A release said works on the facilities will be carried out by a Liberian company, Architect, Engineers, Planning Consultants (AEP).
"This is a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Liberia and the United States, in strengthening Liberia's public health sector, by improving laboratory testing capabilities, allowing for more rapid detection of diseases, thus enabling quicker response time," the release said.
According to the release, the agreement reinforces the commitment of the Government of Liberia towards improving the safety and security of the citizens from threats posed by public health emergencies.
"The prime contractor for this effort, CH2M, a U.S. based company, is leading the integration of the program from DTRA-CEBP. Construction of the planned facilities is scheduled to be completed by April 2019, and will include training and outfitting facilities with state-of-the-art equipment," a release from NPHIL added.
The release: "The National Public Health Institute of Liberia and DTRA-CEBP have forged a strong partnership since the Ebola outbreak response, during which they focused laboratory testing and training," the release signed by NPHIL Director General Tolbert G. Nyenswah concluded.