UNICEF Brings In Drugs, Hygiene Supplies

By Janjay F. Campbell

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has brought into Liberia over US$1million drugs and hygiene supplies to support the fight against the Ebola virus.

Speaking with reporters at the Roberts International Airport, UNICEF Country Representative, Sheldom Yett said UNICEF and the World Bank have made it possible that medical supplies have arrived in Liberia on time to fight the deadly Ebola disease.

He stressed that because of the partnership that UNICEF has with the World Bank, the World Bank supported them financially and they were able to purchase the drugs and other medical supplies. Mr. Yett said he hopes that with the drugs and other medical supplies the Ebola virus will be contained.

He said it will be a good thing to see the children of Liberia back in school and every citizens going about their normal business. He mentioned that he is thrilled to turn the shipment over to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health to enable them save the lives of those who are affected with the virus.

On behalf of the Government of Liberia, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Matthew Flomo, thanked UNICEF and the World Bank for the medical supplies and said it will be used for its intended purpose.

He stated that the drugs and medical supplies will be distributed immediately to other counties that do not have any equipment and drugs to combat the Ebola virus. Deputy Minister Flomo said the drugs are on time and he prays that more Liberians will recover rapidly.

World Bank Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja thanked all those who worked very hard to make sure that the drugs arrive on time. She said the World Bank will continue to work with UNICEF and the Government of Liberia to fight the Ebola virus.