Following the high increase of suspected and confirmed Ebola patients and corpses and due to the limited Ambulances in the country, ArcelorMittal has donated two ambulances to the Ministry of Health to help fight the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
The donation was made this Wednesday, in Monrovia.
Making the donation in Monrovia, Arcelor Mittal country manager for Liberia, Ronnie Addy, said the donation is an initial contribution to the country in helping to fight against the Ebola virus, especially with contact tracing and removing of dead bodies from one area to the other.
According to Mr.Addy, the company had noticed the shortage of Ambulances to take suspected Ebola patients and dead bodies to and from the various Ebola Treatment Units in the country.
“Ebola is real and is destroying our people everyday and there are not enough Ambulances to take our people to various Ebola Treatment Units for treatment and to remove bodies from one community to the other. That is why the Arcelor Mittal family is donating these vehicles to help combat the virus by carry on contact tracing and removing dead bodies,” Mr. Addy stated.
Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, thanked Arcelor Mittal for its continued support in the current crisis. He described the donation as a true example of private- public partnership.
“The Government cannot do this alone; we need this partnership from private entities and business organizations and the entire world to help eradicate this killer disease from our country.”
Mr.Nyenswah promised to use the two ambulances to carry on contact tracing by bringing suspected Ebola patients to the Ebola Treatment Units; and also to remove dead bodies.
At the same time, the Chief Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force, Mr. Dorbor Jallah, who received the keys to the vehicles on behalf of theTask Force, thanked Arcelor Mittal for the support and promised to work with the various Ebola Units to save the lives of the Liberian people.