By Janjay F. Campbell
The United NationS Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday donated US$300,000 assorted items to the Ministry of Gender and Development to fight the Ebola virus in Liberia.
Speaking at the donation ceremony, UNFPA Liberia Officer in Charge, Dr. RemiSogunn said the Ministry of Gender and Development is the Ministry that UNFPA has focused on because it deals with women and young girls.
He stated that the donated items will be distributed in nine counties and eighteen districts to people who have survived the Ebola virus. He said the assorted items when distributed will give the survivors hope that there are people who do care.
Also speaking, the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell thanked UNFPA for helping to support survivors of the Ebola virus. She mentioned that the items will be distributed to nine counties that have Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), because some of the items will be given to the ETUs to help fight the virus while the other items will go to various communities in eighteen districts to help survivors move on with their lives. Gender and Development boss said some of the items have already been sent to Bomi and Grand Bassa Counties ETUs to be used for its intended purpose.
Minister Cassell said she is concerned about post Ebola because women and girls will need more support and stressed that women and girls that were infected by that deadly virus and survived it, will need more attention because stigmatization is becoming a serious issue.
She ended by saying the work they do is a social work; touching the lives of people is what matters and that Liberians should continue washing their hands because Ebola real and is still in Liberia.