LIBERIA: Indian Businesses Warn Against Price Hike

The Indian Consul General and Head of the Association of Indian Community in Liberia, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, has warned the Indian community against hiking the price of basic commodities as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

Sachdeva said despite the economic consequences of the Ebola outbreak on the business sector in the country, the Association of Indian Community considers it a binding duty to contribute its quota to the Ebola fight and not to exploit the situation.

He made the statement when his association donated assorted Ebola equipment and food items worth over US$200,000 to the National Taskforce on Ebola at the General Services Agency in Monrovia on Thursday.

The items include two ambulances, 2,000 bags of rice, 100 hospital beds, 24,000 bottles of water, 4,800 bags of IV fluids and household utensils, among others.

Sachdeva noted that as an important stakeholder in the Liberian society, the Association of Indian Community is also affected by the outbreak of Ebola in the country, and as such has vowed to do all it can to help curtail the spread of the virus.

He observed that the current outbreak of the virus in Liberia is hampering its intra-sub-regional trade due to the closure of both air and land borders by some countries, “something on which Liberia largely depends for the importation of important food items.”

The Indian envoy pointed out that the enormity of the outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria has made the fight against the epidemic a global challenge and as such it requires a global response.

Sachdeva thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the National Task Force for the measures put in place to stop the spread of the disease, and called on members of his association to adhere to all the preventive measures laid down by the Government.

Receiving the donation, President Sirleaf thanked the Indian Community for the gesture and promised that the items would be distributed to health institutions, adding, “It will make a difference in the lives of people in communities in Liberia.”

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