The United States Government has announced a US$65 million support to the Liberian Government as additional assistance to the fight against the Ebola virus.
According to the U. S. Agency for International Dignity (USAID) Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, the amount is a portion of US$142 million donated by the U.S. Government for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
Shah pointed out that the United States is also enabling the construction of more than 17 additional Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and a “high quality” 25-bed “critical care hospital that will be staffed by U.S medical professionals to treat Ebola-infected health care workers.
The USAID envoy made the disclosure at a joint press conference held in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Tuesday, when he and Norway Foreign Minister paid President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf an official visit.
He further disclosed that the United States has more than 600 medical personnel through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently in West Africa as well as 3,000 U.S military personnel in Liberia led by General Darryl Williams.
This constitutes the CDC’s largest effort ever to fight a disease outside the United States, Shah disclosed. In response, President Sirleaf thanked the USAID official and the United States Government for their continuous support to the Government and people of Liberia.
According to the Liberian leader, the support from the U.S Government will not be a short-term effort, but rather a long-term one that will improve Liberia’s health delivery System.