Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Ngafuan
Foreign Ministry Appeals For Diplomats’ Role In Ebola Fight
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, July 31 (LINA) – The Ministry of Foreign affairs has held talks with heads of foreign missions and International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) in Liberia to solicit their continuous support to curb the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Chairing the meeting on behalf of the Liberian Government at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia recently, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan gave a breakdown of all financial support from foreign governments and INGOs thus far.
Minister Ngafuan disclosed to members of the international community at the meeting that ECOWAS through the ECOWAS Trust Fund has given Liberia and Sierra Leone US$500,000 each and Guinea US$1 million for the fight against the disease in the region.
According to Ngafuan, who is also the Doyen of the Cabinet, ECOWAS intends to invest about US$15 million as minimum contribution to countries in the sub-region in their quest to curb the spread of the disease.
He further disclosed that the Government has provided over US$5 million as its initial contribution to the fight against the disease and to also show its partners the level of importance it attaches to this grave national emergency.
Ngafuan noted that though the Government is grateful to foreign governments and INGOs for their support during the first wave of the virus, it is also counting on them as partners to render additional support in the fight against the disease during this second round of the outbreak.
Responding on behalf of the diplomatic missions, Guinean Ambassador and Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore, lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian Government for the stance they have taken to fight the disease.
Ambassador Dore said he and his colleagues are prepared to support the government in curbing the rapid spread of the disease, not only in Liberia, but throughout the Mano River Union basin.
He then called on traditional and religious organizations, women and civil society groups, as well as youth and student groups, to join the government in fighting the disease.
He urged Liberians to adhere to all of the preventive measures provided by the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant health authorities to avoid additional loss of lives.