Samaritan Purse Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while saving lives in Liberia and was flown to the US for advanced treatment, has phoned Vice President Joseph Boakai to tell him that he (Brantly) remains committed to the people of Liberia in the fight against the deadly virus.
The American Medical Doctor told the Liberian VP that he now has a platform from where he will highlight the situation in Liberia to his countrymen and women in the US.
The Vice President’s Office disclosed this to the media following his (VP Boakai’s) conversation Thursday, August 22, with Dr. Brantly.
During their conversation, Vice President Boakai commended Liberian medical mersonnel and their foreign counterparts for their gallantry, bravery and commitment in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the worst attack of the disease yet in human history.
The Vice President thanked him and his colleagues for the sacrifices they made by coming to Liberia to join in the fight against the deadly virus.
Further, Vice President Boakai has received more than US$20,000 worth of protective gear from a California-based Liberian, Rufus S. Berry, for distribution to strategic health facilities in the country. The items include examination gloves, face and respiratory masks, surgical and isolation gowns, full body protective suits, protective boot and head cover, disposable bed sheets and hand antiseptics.
The presentation ceremony took place in the rotunda of the Capitol building Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen following the presentation, Vice President Boakai lauded Mr. Berry for the donation and called on Liberians in the Diaspora to buttress the efforts of the Government against the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, Dr. Brantly has been discharged from the Emery University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia where he received intensive treatment. He is not negative of the Ebola virus.