By Janjay F. Campbell
As the fight against the deadly Ebola virus intensifies, the United States Government has committed US$1.7 million to be used to provide direct food assistance to Ebola patients in Liberia, in partnership with the World Food Program (WFP).
Speaking at a luncheon with the media held at the Embassy Suite in Mamba Point, United States Ambassador, Deborah R. Malac, said the United States will like to see the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) not playing the role of law enforcement.
She stressed that the U.S. is hoping to see the Liberia National Police (LNP) taking the lead in security. She said with the Liberia National Police taking the lead, Liberians will feel more secured and move forward to do all they can to eradicate the Ebola virus.
Ambassador Malac mentioned that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is not in Liberia to do an assessment on the health system in Liberia. She said the CDC is here to determine the gap in the health system.
She stressed that the Liberian Government should be in the lead to tell its partners where the gaps are, to enable the Liberian health sector and its partners eradicate the Ebola virus. She said in the past weeks the U.S. Government through the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), airlifted more than 16 tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment to Liberia.
In addition, she said DART is working to expand the pipeline of medical equipment and supplies flowing into Monrovia in the coming weeks to ensure that healthcare workers have the resources they need to safely do their jobs.
She said DART and CDC are training local health workers on proper use of medical equipment including personal protective equipment, ways to prevent the spread of the disease and how to detect if someone has the Ebola virus.
Meanwhile, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama yesterday sent a message to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. He said his government is working along with the four African countries that are affected with the Ebola virus.
President Obama stated that stopping the Ebola virus won’t be easy, but together lives can be saved. He said the United States will work with these countries to improve public health, so that this kind of outbreak doesn’t happen again.
He sated further, “In this urgent work and in building a stronger and more prosperous Africa, you will continue to have a partner in me and the United States of America”.