By Edwin G. Wandah
The Ghanaian Government last week brought in the country additional Eight Hundred Fifty bags of rice, to the previous one hundreds fifty bags which were earlier brought in the country on September 15, 2014 by Ghanaian President Professor John Mahatma when he visited Liberia, completing a total of one thousand bags of rice.
Speaking to this Paper on Thursday at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, Ghanaian Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Ambassador Kodjo A. Wadee stated that the Government and people of Ghana deeply feel the pain and agony being caused on the people of the sub-region at the hands of the deadly Ebola virus.
According to him; ‘in addition to the rice being donated, Ghana will consider sending Professional Medical Doctors to help boost the health sector in Liberia and the rest of the Mano River Union Basin where the vast majority of its citizens’ lives have been threatened by this vicious remorseless Ebola virus.
He further intimated that similar donations are being carried out in Guinea and Sierra Leone where serious health crises are still reported to be escalating.
“The visit of President Mahatma in September also afforded him the opportunity to ascertain first hand information in the Mano River Union Basin of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with several death tolls still being reported.
As Chairman of ECOWAS, the Ghanaian leader responded immediately to the request made to him by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon for Ghana to let its airport open since most commercial aircrafts refused the worst affected countries.
“Ghana will continue to remain a true friend to these three countries, and with the request from the UN Secretary General, our President has mandated that our airport be opened to continue the long standing mutual cooperation in air bridging more supports,” Ambassador Wadee stated.
He intimated that with logistics, materials and personal supports, Ghana will always stand with the three countries in lending extra supports to fight the Ebola virus in these countries.