Minister-designate of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh
Konneh Says Ebola Grant Targets Mainly Health Workers, Food Security
By Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, September 17 (LINA) – The Minister-designate of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, says the US$52 million grant given to Liberia by the World Bank will be used, among other things, to invest in health workers and upgrading the health system.
“The government’s priorities are basically centered on also providing food and basic services to affected families and communities across the country,” said Konneh.
Speaking during the grant signing ceremony at the World Bank’s Office in Monrovia on Wednesday, Konneh described the grant as the “international community’s demonstration of using the regional approach in solving the Ebola crisis that has engulfed West African Nations.”
The World Bank Group on Tuesday announced a US105 million grant to the three affected West African countries in support of containing the deadly Ebola virus.
It said US$52 million will go to Liberia, US$28 million for Sierra Leone and US$25 million for Guinea.
Konneh further said the government’s decision to support those three major areas stems from the fact that in crucial times as these when families and communities are losing their bread winners, food and other social services needs in such vicinities are paramount and must be addressed swiftly, especially with finances on hand.
He further said the government’s desire of ensuring a better health care delivery system will drive away fears not only amongst health workers but also those doing and wanting to do business in Liberia now or after the Ebola crisis.
“The health workers are the ones on the frontline sacrificing their lives in ensuring that the deadly disease which came as a surprise to the government is eradicated. They too or affected families must be the beneficiaries of their labor for the good of everyone, as the government strives to sustain transparency and good governance,” he added.