ArcelorMittal Liberia has donated a set of medical supplies to the government through the Ministry of Health to aid in the country’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
The items donated include 25 oxygen cylinders, 30 medical regulators and 2,000 covid-19 testing kits, which are essential tools for treating patients with respiratory issues.
Making the presentation to Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Francis Kateh, on July 8, 2021, the company’s head of Government Relations, Marcus Wleh, said the donated items can aid in supporting patients experiencing breathing complications related to COVID-19.
Mr. Wleh said, “On behalf of our CEO, family and staff of ArcelorMittal, we are happy to present these items to you to support your fight against the coronavirus disease.
“As you know, this is a continuation of our support to the government and country’s effort to respond to COVID-19.”
According to him, in the immediate past ArcelorMittal donated nearly US$250,000 of medical equipment and supplies to MOH when the disease first struck the country in March 2019.
“Our partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Government of Liberia continues even beyond the Coronavirus. During the first public health emergency of Liberia, which was Ebola, we partnered with MOH in responding to the epidemic with over US$2 million supporting the ministry’s efforts and our own efforts,” he added.
Wleh believes that when their workers and communities are saved from the virus, their operations will survive.
Dr. Kateh, who received the supplies on behalf of his boss and the government of Liberia, praised ArcelorMittal for the company’s continuous interventions.
“On behalf of my boss and our President, President George Manneh Weah, and the Ministry of Health, we want to appreciate ArcelorMittal for their continual support to us,” he said.
As of July 6, the total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Liberia stands at 2,343, while death stands at 135.