The Liberian Embassy in Washington, the United States of America, has shipped a 40-foot container, loaded with ‘needed’ materials to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
According to Liberia Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, the shipment was paid for by “Friends of Liberia (FOL),” a Washington DC-based organization, through the Liberian Embassy.
The FOL, Amb. Sulunteh said, are a group of Americans, some of whom once served with the US Peace Corps in Liberia.
Amb. Sulunteh told the Observer in an exclusive phone interview Thursday, September 4, that all the materials and financial support are being mobilized by the Liberian Embassy Ebola Response Team, which he heads.
He stated that the FOL donated US$10,000 and another gentleman— Gus Gustafson— donated an additional US$10,000 to pay for the shipment, which contains needed materials for the fight against the virus, which has claimed over 1900 lives in the West Africa Region.
The Liberian diplomat said the Embassy Ebola team had divided the US into two — Western and Eastern — so that Liberians and sympathizers can donate needed materials to two ware houses in Minnesota and Maryland, respectively.
“Most of the materials were donated by Liberians and our friends. Global Health Ministry is collecting the materials and shipping them on our behalf,” Amb. Sulunted added.
He said the first container left the US since August 9 and it might now be in Liberia. And the second shipment is expected to leave the US on September 15.
He also told the Observer that an honorary Liberian citizen, Mr. Stephen Graham, also donated through the Embassy US$15,000, which was symbolically given to Vice President Joseph Boakai, when he was in the US, recently.
“This money has now been transferred to the National Ebola Task Force in Liberia to help toward the fight,” he added.
Meanwhile, Amb. Sulunteh said as Liberians and FOL in the US are graciously donating to the Ebola fight, other friends of Liberia in Canada, working with the Global Medic, based in that country, will this weekend airlift US$400,000 assorted materials needed toward the Ebola fight.
According to him, included in the package are expected to be materials for tent construction, which Global Medic head, Rahul Singh, is sending three of his colleagues, including L. Herbert Buckwalter, Rachel E. Topping and Roderick J. Schmidt to come and construct. Amb. Sulunteh also said that included in the Canadian package are water treatment materials.
“Some of the materials from Canada are going to be given to the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor,” the Liberian Ambassador said.