The Government of Japan has donated eleven ambulances and several medical equipment worth over Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$800,000) to Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively to help the two West African nations fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
A Foreign Ministry release says Liberia will get Four Hundred Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Nine United States Dollars (US$400,159.00) while Sierra Leone will get Three Hundred Ninety- Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred Forty-Nine United States Dollars (US$397,749.00) out of the total amount.
The signing ceremony took place on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Embassy of Japan in Accra, Ghana with His Excellency, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, Ambassador of Japan in Ghana representing his country while Honorable Musu Jatu Ruhle, Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Liberia in Ghana and Honorable Nasratha Bakie Remoe-Doherty, Charge d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Sierra Leone in Ghana represented their respective countries.
According to the grant agreement, Liberia will receive seven ambulances and 48 beds, while Sierra Leone will receive six ambulances and 47 beds.
The Japanese Envoy disclosed that his Government will assist the two governments with the procurement and maintenance of the donated items.
He then further disclosed that the grant project will be implemented in collaboration between all three Governments, the Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy, and DHL Global Forwarding Japan.