United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Ruth Malac, has disclosed that the U.S. Government has so far committed US$950 million to Liberia’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which has plagued the country since February, 2014.
Speaking last Thursday in Barkedu, Quardu Gborni District in Lofa County, while dedicating the US$162,000 newly constructed Barkedu Health Center, Amb. Malac said, “The U.S. Government has also been the largest supporter to the Government of Liberia in the fight against Ebola, committing over US$950 million to fighting Ebola in the West African Region, and mobilizing additional support from around the world to restrain the virus.”
The construction of the health center was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Government through the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) project and the Ministry of Health, the local government and the community, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Amb. Malac, who was accompanied to the occasion by the Commanding Officer for the U.S. Military Mission to support Liberia’s Ebola response, Maj/Gen. Gary Volesky, acknowledged efforts the soldiers have so far applied in the fight to stop the spread of the virus around the country.
She said that the support to stop the virus continues America’s longstanding relationship with Liberia, and the substantial assistance the U.S. Government provides each year to the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and civil society partners to strengthen the health system around the country.
“The U.S. Government values our partnership with the Government and people of Liberia, and we are proud to continue supporting the country’s efforts to create a healthier, more prosperous future,” the U.S. envoy asserted.
Earlier in welcome remarks, Lofa Superintendent George S. Dunor extolled the U.S. Government through its Embassy in Monrovia for its numerous contributions to the growth and development of Liberia, particularly during the Ebola crisis.
Ebola entered Liberia last year through Lofa County from the Republic of Guinea and devastated the lives of Liberians as well as many others in Sierra Leone.
At the moment, the present death toll since that outbreak, as recorded by the World Health Organization (WHO) is over 8,000 persons.