USAID Provides US$14.5 Million for Ebola

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As the Ebola calamity rages in Liberia and other parts of West Africa killing more than 1000 people, the United States Government through its aid agency, USAID has provided US$14.5 million to combat the spread of the disease.

In addition, the U.S. Government has provided $1 million to the Red Cross for the purpose of contact tracing.

The disclosure was made on Wednesday, August 13, at the U.S. Embassy by health experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  There are currently 15 experts from the United States in the country to work with the Liberian government, non-governmental organizations and other partners including World Health Organization (WHO) to stop the spread of the epidemic.

Satish Pillai, Medical Officer of Centers for Disease Control, and Tim Callaghan, Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) leader both told journalists that their presence in Liberia and affected West African countries is meant to work with partners, government and people of the country to prevent the rapid spread of the disease.

The health experts clarified that the amount provided will be used to train health workers and provide safety equipment that will prevent workers from contracting the virus.

They also disclosed that additional experts are expected to join them to help with the fight against the virus as it rapidly spreads.

Expressing grief for loss of lives, the American experts emphasized that they have come to work with the government and partners because such a global situation cannot be handled alone.

They therefore requested that stakeholders cooperate and be willing to coordinate activities in order to effectively combat the disease.

One method already known to affected countries including Liberia is the isolation and care system, which the experts stressed should be applied regularly to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The experts are going to be deployed in affected counties to train health workers to properly log suspected and death cases, keep surveillance, and train health workers how to approach cases of the disease.

 As regards information about avoidance of bush meat from chimpanzee, monkey and bat, Satish Pillai said it is a good piece of advice to avoid eating meat of these animals.

However, he said the sickness can be contracted from an infected person when another individual comes in contact with fluid from that person, stressing that there has not been a test done to ascertain that the disease is in bat, deer and other animals being named.

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