A non-denominational evangelical Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse International (SPI), has brought into the country a consignment of medical supplies to buttress government’s efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
The nearly 100-ton consignment was airlifted to Liberia last Thursday from the United States of America through the Roberts International Airport (RIA) as a demonstration of the entity’s humanitarian work in Liberia since 2003.
The consignment includes personal protective equipment (PPEs), anti-malaria and anti-body drugs, chlorine, buckets, hand grooves and boots, among other items.
Displaying the cargo to Vice President Joseph Boakai upon arrival aboard Kalitta Air 715CK at RIA, Samaritan’s Purse team leader of the Disaster Assistance Response, Nathan Glancy, said the donation marks the initial entry point of the organization since it temporarily pulled out three months ago from Lofa County. The decision to pull out from the county followed the infection of several of its doctors with the EVD as they were catering to patients.
SPI’s return to Liberia will encompass clinical care, support and community awareness in Montserrado, Lofa, Margibi and the south-eastern counties of Liberia. They are expected to come online next Monday, October 6, 2014.
For his part, Vice President Boakai expressed gratitude to the aid organization for their involvement in the Ebola fight. He hopoed that the latest intervention will further hasten the virus’ eradication from across West Africa.
VP Boakai stressed that the airlifting of the huge consignment is a demonstration of government-partner collaboration in mobilizing all the support needed in ensuring that the country is free from the EVD once again.
He recounted the involvement of the Samaritan’s Purse International in Liberia’s health care delivery system since its operation began in 2003, and said he had no doubt that working with other partners, SPI’s return would defeat the disease.
He reassured the international humanitarian organization of government’s fullest support for its work in the country, and promised to provide the platform for its smooth operation and services to humanity.
On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, VP Boakai expressed government’s gratitude to Samaritan’s Purse International and said Liberia values the partnership.
He informed the gathering that he had spoken with the aid organization’s chief executive officer (CEO), Dr. Franklin Graham, while on his way to the RIA to witness the arrival of the consignment, and expressed happiness for the return of the organization.
Deputy Health Minister for Administration Matthew Flomo, who represented the Minister Walter T. Gwenigale, described the efforts by Samaritan’s Purse as yet another giant step taken by one of government’s partners in the Ebola eradication partnership.
The departure of the 747 cargo plane from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA was witnessed by Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulonteh, and one of the American doctors who got infected with Ebola while on assignment in Liberia. The American doctor has since been cured of the virus.
Samaritan’s Purse International is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization which, since 1970, has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The organization has helped victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.