To eradicate the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Liberia, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has turned over an ambulance and a consignment of assorted materials to the Ministry of Health Ebola Task Force and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), respectively.
At an official ceremony, UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen said, the donation is part of UNDP’s continuous support to the Government of Liberia in the Ebola fight.
He said the vehicle is to serve Sinoe County, as UNDP steps up its support to counties’ response to combat EVD, while the consignment of assorted supplies to the BIN, is intended to strengthen its cross border security in the fight against the Ebola Virus.
“UNDP remains committed to provide adequate support to the security sector in playing a vibrant and optimal role in the fight against Ebola, by enhancing its capacity,” said UNDP Country Director.
The consignment of assorted materials to the BIN included 10 desktop computers, 10 printers, 30 cartons of A4 sheets, assorted radio communication equipment and accessories and 60 pieces of temperature testers. The package is valued at over US$59,000.00.
Responding, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services and Chairman of the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, said UNDP has been supportive to the government’s recovery process through various initiatives and programs over the years.
He said the UN Agency has also been more instrumental in supporting community- based activities across Liberia in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the vehicle will help enhance government’s capacity to deal with the outbreak in the Southeastern part of the country, he said.
“We are serving all the counties. Right now, we have thirteen ambulances in Montserrado County; we sent some to Grand Bassa, we’ve served the Southeastern Region and we need to move vigorously in that area and Sinoe has a much greater need,” Minister Nyenswah said.
Although there are fewer cases being reported in Sinoe County, it is important to ensure that those cases are contained.
For his part, the head of the Immigration Bureau, Counselor Lemuel Reeves, described UNDP as a strong partner to the security sector reform in the country.
Cllr. Reeves spoke of the enormous challenges being experienced by the justice and the security sector, and the level of support provided by UNDP to help reduce the constraints.
“We take this time to say a big “Thank you” to UNDP and assure them that these supplies will be used in aiding the BIN to live up to its statutory mandate,” he added.
As part of the Government of Liberia’s response to fighting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), UNDP provided support with an initial amount of US$148,080.00, mobilized through the Crisis Prevention window. The overall objective of the support was to improve the response capacity of the Government of Liberia to the epidemic through strengthening EVD coordination, contact tracing, sensitization and surveillance in the most affected counties mainly Lofa.