Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, has been praised for his leadership role in calling on the international community and mobilizing needed items to combat the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) from Liberia in 2014.
In 2014, the EVD overwhelmed Liberia’s health practitioners’ capacities and the entire nation nearly collapsed but for the initiatives Amb. Sulunteh and others took to stop the spread of the virus.
It is recorded that at least 28,616 probable, suspected and confirmed cases of the virus were reported in the MRU basin, including Guinea and Sierra Leone. Of this number, 15,227 were confirmed positive to having contracted the virus while 11,310 died. Liberia reported most of the dead—4,810, while Sierra Leone tallied 3,956 and Guinea recorded 2,544.
This is almost ten times the number of deaths from all other Ebola epidemics combined.
But on Saturday, July 1, the head of the Margibi Chapter of the Friends of Sulunteh (FOS), Francis Kparkar, praised Amb. Sulunteh for adequately advocating for Liberia and making sure needed Ebola equipment came to the country.
In October 2014 Amb. Sulunteh appeared on the BBC and called on the world to help Liberia. He had feared that his country was nearing collapse.
However, before October 2014, he was instrumental in mobilizing and shipping a 40-foot container, loaded with needed materials to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
He had told our Health Correspondent that the shipment was paid for by “Friends of Liberia (FOL),” a Washington DC-based organization, through the Liberian Embassy.
He further told this newspaper that all the materials and financial support were mobilized by the Liberian Embassy Ebola Response Team, which he headed.
In addition to other essentials items in the container that he shipped to Liberia were materials for tent construction, as some of the Ebola treatment units (ETUs) were under construction.
Responding after being praised for ably representing Liberia during the Ebola crisis, the diplomat thanked the United States and other governments and individuals for standing with Liberia during the Ebola crisis.
Amb. Sulunteh said he was a part of the advance team, which had come to make preparations for the arrival of Mrs. Michelle R. Obama, First Lady of the United States.
He stated that he was glad to be a part of the advance team for Mrs. Obama to come and launch the ‘Let Girls Learn’ in Liberia.
“The Americans hold us in high esteem. If the Americans value us so much, we should do all to keep earning their respect and value ourselves,” he stated.