The Liberia Acting Consular General in New York has been praised for his role in securing several containers of medical supplies to buttress the nation’s health sector.
Acting Consul General Rudolph E. Sherman was praised for his tireless efforts, by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and other donors, to get their donations to Liberia.
The ACBC on Monday turned over six 40-foot containers of assorted medical items valued at US$1.5 million to the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.
Included in the containers are 2.5 million syringes and 2800 plus pallets of gloves, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other items.
Members of ACBC, a Pennsylvania State non-profit corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, said the donation was also made possible with the help of the State of Arkansas Department of Health.
Briefing journalists after presenting two of the containers, Mrs. Christine Maycole, a US-based Liberian and a staff of ACBC, said it was part of her responsibility and duty to help rebuild the country’s broken health and education sectors.
Mrs. Maycole, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo and Consul General Sherman were among the promoters behind the medical supplies being sent to Liberia, as the nation continues to repel the deadly Ebola virus. They also thanked International ECO Fuel Savers, Inc and Ecowayz Liberia, Inc for their help in getting the items here.
Mrs. Maycole had reinforced earlier statements made by ACBC’s president, Dr. Azuka Anyiam, concerning the negotiations for the successful arrival of the containers in Liberia.
“I am passionate about my country that is why I cannot just sit abroad and do nothing when my country is in need,” she added.
She stated that she was in Liberia when the Ebola broke out. “I came back in December with my team and I am back again. Our company wants to uplift the lives of the Liberian people. We are looking at educational opportunity, rebuilding the health sector and looking for ways to bring the next generation to another level.”
Mrs. Maycole said the items will be used in the ongoing Ebola fight, but they are essentials in the health sector and in combating other diseases.
Liberia currently has only one case of confirmed Ebola virus disease and that person is being treated at the “best” Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the country.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Elias Shoninyan, said the donation would still be needed in health facilities even after the Ebola crisis.
It is yet unknown when Liberia will be declared Ebola-free. But three days before the donated items were turned over, the country had gone more than 21 days without a confirmed, recorded Ebola virus disease (EVD) case. The country was counting to 42 days to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“I just want to say to the African & Caribbean Business Council that the Government of Liberia truly appreciates the gesture,” Acting Min. Shoninyan said.
Mr. Matthew Flomo, Deputy Health Minister for Administration stated that the Ministry was “overjoyed” to receive the containers. “We know that ACBC is here to help us.”
Dep. Min. Flomo assured the donors that as Liberia turns towards the restoration of basic health services, the items would be used to help strengthen the health sector.
Also speaking, Dr. Saye D. Bawo, Acting Chief Medical Officer, stated that there was no better time for the donation to come to Liberia than now.
“The donation is timely. We need syringes and gloves even more. We want to make sure that no health worker dies again in any of our health facilities,” declared Dr. Bawo.