The Country Director of Samaritan Purse International, Mr. Kendell Kauffeldt, said his organization with the help of partners and donors is putting forward US$1M in Emergency Response to the Ebola virus.
Mr. Kauffeldt also stated that eight medical personnel, including doctors and nurses, are already in Liberia to help in the fight against the deadly disease.
He said the SP’s Disease Assistance Response Team (DART) is setting up a second Emergency Response Center in a bid to expand the current Ebola center at the ELWA Hospital.
He described the state of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus as very serious, pointing out that the Samaritan Purse International feels morally obligated to help fight the Ebola virus in Liberia.
The SP Country Director made these remarks Friday when he paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to update him on the activities of the Samaritan Purse in the fight against the Ebola Virus in the Country.
According to the SP country director, they have a mandate from SP chief executive officer, Dr. Franklin Graham, to help in the fight against the deadly disease. The country director informed the Vice President that Dr. Graham was closely monitoring the Ebola situation in Liberia.
Mr. Kauffeld commended the government of Liberia for the manner in which they are handling the Ebola outbreak through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and emphasized that people have 25 percent chance of survival if they report to treatment centers early enough. People do not have to die when they have early diagnoses and treatment, he added.
What makes Liberia’s case different from other countries in Africa, said Mr. Kauffeld, is that it happened in small villages in those countries and those villages literally ceased to exist. The Liberian situation is different in that large metropolitan centers are under attack which makes the disease to spread very fast in large cities. He called on international partners and institutions to join in the fight against the Ebola Virus.
Earlier Vice President Boakai welcomed the four-man delegation to his office and called on the people of Liberia to know that the deadly virus is real and to observe all hygienic regulations announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
During the first outbreak of the virus, SP assisted with logistics and awareness and is currently supporting with air lifting of WHO and Center for Disease Control personnel.
In another development, the VP’s Office said the Vice President last week participated in an emergency meeting of ECOWAS to consider the outbreak of the virus. The sum of US$500,000 was donated by the President of Nigeria to the GOL to help fight the disease.