Monrovia - As Liberia is still battling the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus with a new case confirmed on Friday, the health sector has received a major boost with a huge donation from an overseas organization. The African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC), a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia Monday donated medical materials to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare valued over 1.5 million United States dollars.
Ms. Christine Maycole, a Liberian-based in the United States and an official of the Council, said as a Liberian she is passionate about her country which prompted her to return to help rebuild the country broken health and education sectors. “I am passionate about my country that is why I cannot just sit abroad and I had to come”, she said.
She continued: “I was here when the Ebola broke out, I came back in December with my team and I am back again. Our company wants to uplift the lives of the Liberian people .We are looking at education opportunity, rebuilding the health sector, looking for ways to bring the next generation to another level”.
Ms. Maycole furthered: “In this package we have 2.5 million syringes, gloves, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) just to help; it may not be for Ebola but also help fight other diseases”. The group has been working in bringing renewable energy to Liberia. The donation comes two days after health authorities announced another new Ebola case in Liberia after going more than 20 days without reporting any new case.
The Deputy Minister for Administration at the Health Ministry, Mr. Matthew Flomo, said that the Ministry was “overjoyed” to receive the six 40-foot containers of medical items. He assured the ACBC team that as the country gradually moves toward post-Ebola recovery, the donated items would be used to help strengthen the Liberia’s health sector.
Also speaking, Dr. Saye Dahn Bawo, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Republic of Liberia, stated that there is no better time for the donation to come to Liberia other than the current moment. “The donation is timely; we need syringes, gloves even more. We want to make sure that no health worker dies again in any of our health facilities,” Dr. Bawo added.
The African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC), a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation headquartered in Philadelphia, was founded in 2006 with the mission of promoting and preserving the business interests of African and Caribbean entrepreneurs in the Greater Philadelphia area while bridging the cultural divide between member countries and the larger community through education and the encouragement of mutual tolerance.
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