A huge consignment of medical equipment and pharmaceutical products valued over three hundred-six thousand United States Dollars (US$361,555, 27) to aid Liberia in its fight against Ebola and post Ebola recovery has arrived in the country.
The consignment, which landed at the Roberts International Airport, RIA late Saturday on a special flight, was donated by the Government of Turkey through the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and the Ministry of Health of Turkey.
Turkish Honorary Council to Liberia Luseeni Kamara on behalf of the Government and People of Turkey and its Ambassador based in Accra, Ghana presented the consignment to the Liberian government describing Turkey as a friend that will continue to stand by Liberia in good and bad times. “This donation is for both Ebola and post Ebola and it is the second donation made by Turkey in less than two months”, the Turkish Honorary Council remarked.
Mr. Kamara indicated that the People and Government of Turkey will continually be supportive to Liberia in its effort to strength its bilateral relationship.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the donated items include Plash Thermometer, Plastic Tap Gurney, sterile injectors, sterile pinpoint, cholera beds, surgical bones, Oral SUS, Lactatli Ringers, Flotic, Sedoral Bulb, Serum Sets, Hidazol amongst others.
Liberia’s Chief of Protocol Rufus Neuville on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government and People of Liberia lifted praises to the Government and People of Turkey for the huge donation. Ambassador Neuville hailed the gesture of the Turkish Government, saying “a Friend in need is a friend indeed.”
He said the post-Ebola materials are timely, owing to the rapid declination of effects of the virus in the country and the fight continuous aggressively until zero case is achieved.
The Assistant Health Minister for Administration, John M. Linga expressed his thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Minister and medical practitioners for the medical equipment and medicine, terming it as a “worthy donation.”
For his part the Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dehpue Y. Zuo, said the donation marks a milestone for the growing relationship between Liberia and Turkey.
"We are happy for the anti-Ebola materials, which will be used to save lives and improve the health sector. We believe this will further enhance the bilateral relationship between our nations," Assistant Minister Zuo said.