The Royal Dutch Navy vessel, Karel Doorman, last Friday docked at the Freeport of Monrovia to deliver another consignment of medical and logistical supplies to aid Liberia in the fight against Ebola.
The donation came from 9 European countries according to Paul Middelberg, Karel Doorman’s Public Affairs Officer.
The donors include Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Romania, and Hungary.
“For now this is the final shipment,” Mr. Middelberg told journalists shortly after Karel Doorman, the largest naval vessel, docked at the Freeport of Monrovia.
Prior to its docking, “the vessel delivered essential supplies to enhance the Ebola hard hit Guinea and Sierra Leone,” said Thomas Debandt, Logistic Cluster Information Management Officer who was at the port to take delivery of the consignment.
Debandt told local and foreign journalists that the ship brought in 17 vehicles, 24 medical pallets and 5 containers of essential supplies to enhance the Ebola response.
“It includes everything that would be used to support the work in Ebola Treatment Units but the most important delivery here is 17 vehicles including 2 ambulances,” he disclosed.
“For this shipment, there are no personal protective equipment (PPEs),” he said, but quickly added, “PPEs are coming next month from the USA.”
Mr. Christos Stylianides, who is the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said “From the beginning of this crisis, it has been clear that the response to the Ebola epidemic requires not only funding for the NGOs and UN organizations working on the ground, but also equipment and personnel.”
He further reported that the ship brought in essential humanitarian supplies after a journey of over two weeks, with stops at the ports of Freetown and Conakry.
The supplies brought to Liberia are valued at €3.6 million. They included 23 containers of assorted medical supplies and drugs, ambulances and other vehicles and one self-contained mobile laboratory.