The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Hon. Lewis G. Brown II, has lauded the European Union (EU) on behalf of the government and people of Liberia for its assistance to the country in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
“You are among our biggest development partners. The European Union stood by us in the fight against Ebola. And the Liberian people and government will not stop thanking the European Union,” he said on Wednesday When Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Liberia paid him a courtesy call on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Minister Brown said the EU assistance and support to Liberia came just in time when Liberians were desperate for help during the peak of the Ebola crisis in the country.
He said the people of Liberia remain grateful to the EU and other partners for their financial, material and moral support in the fight against the epidemic.
The Information boss told the EU Ambassador that the immediate concern of the Government of Liberia is the rebuilding the country’s fragile health sector which has been negatively impacted by the outbreak.
He said the building of a vibrant health sector in post Ebola Liberia is critical to tackling any future outbreak of the disease, noting that Ebola has a history of reoccurrence. Min. Brown added that the rehabilitation of health facilities and provision of basic medical services to citizens across the country, as well as the training of health workers are at the heart of the government’s post Ebola plan.
Minister Brown said Liberia is actually rebuilding from scratch as a result of many years of devastating civil conflict, coupled with the impacts of the crippling Ebola outbreak.
He noted that in spite of the enormous challenges and competing development priorities confronting the government, unfortunately available resources are grossly limited.
In response, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann said the EU is concerned about the health sector, but indicated that there is a need for donor coordination.
“We are looking now at the health sector,” she said.
She underscored the need for the government to work hard and ensure that something meaningful comes out of the upcoming Brussels conference slated for March 3 to discuss post Ebola recovery plan for affected countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
She observed that there is presently political will from the World community towards the Ebola crisis that has devastated the West African sub-region since 2014, and killed thousands of people while decimating the socioeconomic fabrics of the affected countries.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Tiina INTELMANN has expressed delight to be in Liberia. “On a personal note, it is a good time to be here”, she said. The EU envoy expressed her desire to travel to the countryside of Liberia to experience the scenic beauty of life out there.