Information Minister Lewis Brown
WHO Estimates US$600m To Fight Ebola In Liberia
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, September 9 (LINA) - Information Minister Lewis Brown has disclosed that the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that US$600 million is needed for Liberia to effectively combat the Ebola virus.
Minister Brown said the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare requested for US$20 million to tackle the Ebola scourge and the government’s initial contribution was US$5 million, which has been spent.
The MICAT Boss made the disclosure Tuesday on UNMIL Radio in a telephone interview on the current status of the fight against the Ebola disease in Liberia.
He indicated that the donation from the international community toward the fight against Ebola is not directly given to government, but to various international partners operating in Liberia.
He noted that if the African Development Bank donated US$60 million through the WHO, it comes directly to WHO in Liberia and not the government.
He stressed that government through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development tries to coordinate these donations to meet the gaps and ensure monies are used for the intended purpose, adding that these donations are for the Liberian people.
Brown said government’s emphasis is on prevention to avoid people contracting the Ebola virus in the communities which would spread and infect more people, rather than treatment that would cost lots of money.