Finance Minister Amara Konneh
Finance Ministry Reports On Ebola Funds
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA September 11 (LINA) - Finance Minister Amara Konneh has said the Liberian government’s total estimated financial requirement to address the national response to the Ebola crisis is US$34.8 million.
Minister Konneh said the country’s initial financial requirement to combat Ebola was put at US$20 million but rose to US$34.8 million dollars when all implementing agencies submitted their three-month emergency budgets to support the country’s fight against Ebola.
The Finance Minister made the statement Thursday at the Ministry of Information, when he presented a comprehensive financial contributions and expenditure report on the country’s Ebola emergency budget.
Minister Konneh said support to all health-related interventions in the budget plan amounts to US$29 million, which constitutes 84 percent of the total emergency budget.
“An initial injection of US$5 million was made possible through a short-term loan from the Central Bank of Liberia to begin the process,” the minister said.
He disclosed that government through its Trust Fund has engaged bilateral partners and donors to support its effort and have since received a total US$5.7 million, consisting of US$5.6 and LD$9.4 million.
According to Konneh, after one month of implementation, almost US$4.5 million was disbursed to various implementing agencies of which the Ministry of Health (MOH) received US$2.8 million, constituting 61.7 percent as part of government’s initial support to the health sector in fighting Ebola.
He further explained that of the total money given to MOH (US$ 1.4 million) was used to pay per diems to health workers, US$600,000 to procure 12 ambulances, US$300,000 as an advance on the construction of various treatment facilities across the country.
Konneh further stated that government has procured vehicles, motorbikes, generators and other goods and services to support the work of the MOH.
Meanwhile, the minister has placed the consolidated budget in percentage at 84.1 percent for the MOH, 3.0 percent for the Ministry of National Defense, 1.3 percent for the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and 4.9 percent for the Liberia National Police.
Others are the Ministry of State with 0.9 percent, Ministry of Internal Affairs 3.2 percent, Ministry of information Cultural Affairs and Tourism is 1.6 percent, Ministry of Gender and Development is 0.1 percent and Program Management and Command Center 0.9 percent.