Via FrontPageAfrica: Legislature to Allot Over US$1M to Eradicate Ebola Virus. Excerpt:
The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has unanimously voted in favor of a recommendation from the Health Committee for an amount of one million and five hundred thousand United States dollars to be allotted to the Health Ministry to help fight the deadly Ebola disease.
The Senate Heath Committee, chaired by Senator Peter Coleman (CDC-Grand Kru County) said reports gathered from authorities of the Health Ministry indicate that the spread of the Ebola disease is alarming and there is a need for financial commitment by government to help tackle the situation. He said up to present there are close to 89 persons, including health workers who have died from the disease with several suspected cases with only 6 survivals.
Making a presentation during the Senate Thursday’s session the Grand Kru County lawmaker said, there is a need for the Senate to act quickly by allotting money in the amount of one Million and five hundred thousand United States dollars to the health Ministry.
Senator Alphonso Gaye (Unity Party-Grand Gedeh County) co-chair on the Health committee also recommended that the legislature uses the budget law that calls for 1/12 of the budget to be used in the case the budget for a fiscal year has not been passed by the Legislature and signed by the President. He said, 1.5 Million United States dollars is 5% of US$40 Million constituting 1/12 of the 2014/2015 budget in the tune of five hundred Million United States dollars.
After several minutes of debate the lawmakers voted unanimously for a motion calling for the leadership of the Senate to engage the leadership of the House of Representatives to quickly act on the allocation of the money to be provided and on time.