LIBERIA: Senate C’ttee Targets US$16.6m For Ebola Response

A three-member Ebola Committee of the Liberian Senate has made initial recommendations to allocate US$16.6 million for a comprehensive national response to the Ebola situation.

Three weeks ago, the Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzongar M. Findley, set up the committee to review the Ebola situation and recommend to plenary how they can improve on strategies to eradicate the virus from the country.

Senators Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence of Grand Bassa, Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan of Sinoe and John Ballout of Maryland Counties constitute members of the Senate Ebola Committee.

Making the committee’s proposed presentation during regular sessions on Thursday, Senator Lawrence said the amount would be used to construct a state of the art Ebola field hospital.

Senator Lawrence, among other things, puts the proposed cost of the field hospital at US$4.5 million, air transport of the facility at US$700,000 and allocated US$5 million for health workers’ remuneration and supplies.

According to her, such involvement of the Liberian Government in the response would strengthen confidence by local and international partners as well as the construction of a field hospital at a site that would truly be isolated.

The senator added that taking the Ebola case-load out of the regular hospitals will enable them to begin to receive regular cases and simultaneously reduce resistance to setting Ebola facilities in densely populated vicinities.

The proposal, which would be debated on next Tuesday, further seeks to use the field hospital site as memorial for those who have lost their lives in the Ebola struggle.

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