China Gives US$2m Ebola Food Aid

The Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China has given an additional US$2million worth of food items to Liberia as part of the Government of Liberia’s Ebola Response.

The food items have been turned over to the Government of Liberia (GOL) and placed in the custody of the World Food Programme (WFP) for onward distribution to Ebola Units and other related areas.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony yesterday at the Freeport of Monrovia, WFP Country Director, Madam Adama Diop Faye, said the WFP has been supporting efforts of the government in putting in place the logistical mechanisms to deliver food items as part of the Ebola Response.

Madam Diop Faye noted that this support rendered to the GOL extends to all aspects of the health sector relative to the provision of food.

The WFP Country Director commended the government and people of China for their constant support to the Ebola response especially support given to the World Food Programme over the years.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue said the donation of the food items is an example of a typical tripartite cooperation among China, the WFP and the Government of Liberia.

Ambassador Yue lauded WFP for its expertise in fighting Ebola especially through its logistical prudence noting that the people at the WFP are professionals who get their work done no matter the distance.

He said this kind of logistical prudence is something that is needed in the fight against Ebola in a bid to make the response active and on time and that the people of China are committed to the Ebola response and the donation of the US$2million worth of food item which include rice, soya beans and other food items. Ambassador Yue said the consignment totaling a little over 19,000 metric tons is something as part of the Ebola response and post Ebola era.

The Chinese Envoy expressed hope that there will be more coordination between the Chinese government, the WFP and the Government of Liberia in the future.

Receiving the food items on behalf of the Government of Liberia, the head of the incident Management Team and Assistant Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, praised the Chinese Government for their numerous donations in making the Ebola response effective.

He noted that it was China that brought in the first huge consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), medical supplies and doctors to make effective the Ebola response.

He lauded China in assisting Liberia making reference to the New Health Ministry edifice, the construction of an ETU, the building of the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba County and the refurbishing of the JFK Memorial Hospital among others.

Minister Nyenswah expressed confidence that China will continue to support Liberia even during post Ebola era. He disclosed that the Chinese food assistance is timely because as the country continues the fight against Ebola there is need for food for those quarantined.