With the reported decrease in the cases of Ebola virus infections, the construction of more withholding centers and Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) has continued in several areas of the country.
One such place is Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County where another ETU is under construction. An array of officials from the U.S Embassy in Monrovia visited the construction project in Zwedru over the weekend.
During the visit, United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, praised the international community for working together to combat the virus in West Africa.
The US envoy observed in her remarks during an inspection of the construction project, “I think what you see here in Zwedru is a great example of the partnership that is going on in this Ebola crisis.”
According to her, the project has become fruitful because, “We are all working together, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).”
Welthungerhilfe, which is heading the construction at this ETU, is being funded by USAID.
“In addition, we are working very closely with the locals on the ground,” she stated.
The Ambassador was accompanied by DART team leader Mia Beers and the U.S. Joint Forces Commander, Maj/Gen. Gary Volesky.
Representatives from Welthungerhilfe, a German non-governmental organization, and the USAID partner leading the construction effort in Zwedru, led the U.S. delegation on a tour of the ETU site, which has been under construction since November 1.
Nearly 300 Liberians, both laborers and engineers, have been hired to build the ETU, which is due to be completed within the next few days. In addition, the facility is being built using locally procured materials.
“We are putting people to work and at the same time we are helping them to understand that they ultimately need to be the responsible parties to help us get on top of this epidemic,” Amb. Malac noted; adding that Liberians are doing most of the work of building the facility.
Additionally, she noted the effectiveness of the partnership between the U.S. military effort and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in providing further supplies to areas in Southeastern Liberia to ensure that construction efforts continue on schedule.
“Again, it’s very much about partnership,” the Ambassador emphasized, adding that “The U.S. government is very proud to be a part of this effort in support of the Liberian government and with all of our partners across the board because it’s going to take all of us to resolve this epidemic.”