The World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed that as of April 2 it has begun providing emergency food assistance for the new Ebola virus disease (EVD) contacts that are in isolation as a result of the latest outbreak, a press statement issued in Monrovia said.
So far, WFP has delivered nearly two metric tons to be distributed to about 100 EVD contacts currently under precautionary quarantine by health authorities.
WFP was initially requested, during the emergency Incident Management System (IMS) meeting held early this month to provide urgent food assistance for EVD contacts that were quarantined and placed under surveillance.
The consignment of food items, which includes rice, beans, vegetable oil and corn soya blend (CSB), is being distributed through the Montserrado County Health Teams, the press release stated.
It can be recalled that during the 2014-2015 EVD Emergency Response, WFP in Liberia swiftly provided emergency food assistance to all EVD-isolated communities throughout the country.
WFP, under the Logistics Common Services programme, also provided to the Logistics Cluster a large supply chain assistance that included transportation and storage services to all partner agencies and government counterparts up to December 2015.
Meanwhile, WFP is continuing the work to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Liberia to ensure a successful turnover of full responsibilities of the management of the physical assets that were developed and deployed during the Ebola outbreak response in 2014/2015.
These assets include storage hubs in Monrovia and Robert International Airport, Forward Logistics Base (FLB) in five counties, and Mobile Storage Units in all 15 counties.
The turnover, the release said, is expected to take place in June this year.