Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman
Gov’t Provides US$100K To Health Ministry Ebola Chest
Winnie T. Dixon
MONROVIA, July 18 (LINA) - The Government of Liberia has made available to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare US$100,000 to help combat the deadly Ebola disease.
According to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, the amount is part of a total of US$1.5 million requested by the Health Ministry following the second outbreak of the virus in June to contain the virus.
Making the disclosure at a Senate session at the Capitol Building Thursday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health said the amount is also in addition to the US$100,000 provided by the World Health Organization last month.
At the time of the request, many Senators, though in support of the fundraising, questioned authorities of Health Ministry on how the first US$250, 000 allocated by the Government was expended.
They argued that health workers at many hospitals, including Redemption, JFK, and C. H. Rennie, could not get simple hand gloves to properly handle patients.
They also argued that the medical workers were not properly trained in handling this particular disease.
Against this backdrop, some of the Senators called for an investigation into the matter and wanted a full report on the expenditure of the funds before releasing additional funds.
According to the Senator Coleman, the funds will be directed towards purchasing protective gears for health workers, while some will be used to identify tracers who are risking their lives to locate affected persons.