Via The New Dawn, a report that provides some background on the country now trying to bar the door against Ebola: US$1.2m requested to fight Ebola. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the Senate’s Chairman on Health has announced an urgent need for US$1.2 million to fight Ebola related cases.
Making the disclosure Thursday in the chambers of the Liberian Senate during its statutory sitting at the Capitol, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman, said there’s need for the funds to be made available in order to equip the Health Ministry to combat the disease.
In 2008, the Liberian Government announced the outbreak of Armyworms in Bong County and that US$1.1 Million was projected by then Agriculture Minister, Dr. Chris Toe to combat the disease.
Senator Coleman, who won on the ticket of the former ruling National Patriotic Party in his verbatim presentation to his colleagues in chambers, indicated that there is no scientific proof to establish the Ebola virus has entered Liberia, but quickly pointed out that whatever virus it be maybe, the government should act now to protect the lives of Liberians, especially leeward counties that are sharing borders with affected countries.
The former Health Minister during the tyrannical regime of convicted former President Charles Taylor informed his colleagues that due to wide publicity given the virus through the government strongly carried by the local media here, Liberians currently traveling out of here are facing serious challenge of being accepted by visiting countries.
He noted that if the government finds it difficult in raising the amount, it should begin the process with little available amount to empower health workers and create some preventive measures that could safeguard Liberians in the near future if there may be any outbreak.