Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has praised world attention to the three Mano River Union countries hardest hit by the Ebola Virus Disease.
This was revealed in a dispatch from the United States where Senator Taylor has been attending the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring meetings.
Because of this attention, she said, the region has received funding for the upgrade, rebuilding and strengthening of healthcare, educational, social services and economic sectors of all three countries.
Though the virus had a devastating effect on the three nations and their peoples, yet some good has come out of the Ebola crisis, key among which is the turning of the international spotlight on them, she said.
“As a result of the World’s attention to the three West African countries, the World Bank, IMF and partners at the just ended Global Parliamentary Conference in Washington D. C. allocated considerable financial resources to their recovery plans,” Senator Taylor told participants.
The Bong County Senator meanwhile called on Liberians at home and abroad to stop complaining and casting blame in the face of socioeconomic challenges and do what they can to change things for the better.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all the nations of the world, but especially from the United States. Our task now is to ensure the utilization of these funds to eradicate Ebola and improve the standard of living of our people,” Senator Taylor emphasized.
She noted that while Liberia is poised to celebrate when it is declared Ebola-free, its joy is contained until all three nations can be totally free of the virus.
Senator Taylor therefore stressed the need for citizens of the other two countries to learn from the Liberian experience and work to eradicate Ebola from their lands.
Senator Taylor is currently in the US at the invitation of the World Bank and IMF to attend this year’s Annual Parliamentary Conference following which she has been engaging Liberian communities in the USA.