Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Margaret Kilo
AfDB Commends Liberia’s Ebola Plan
By Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, September 29 (LINA) - The Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Margaret Kilo, has commended the government of Liberia for its detailed Ebola plan aimed at decentralizing medical care services.
She said with the Ebola plan, which ensures that investments being made in the fight against the virus will result to stronger health systems and acceleration of services, international support will not go unaccounted for.
On Saturday, the Government of Liberia endorsed a US$375 million plan to eradicate the Ebola virus from the country and offer quality healthcare services, as part of efforts to rebuild the health delivery system.
The AfDB official was speaking Monday during the signing of a US$11.4million grant agreement between the government, World Health Organization and the AFDB at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation conference room in Monrovia.
Madam Kilo said, without such a plan, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate the virus.
She noted that the absence of an Ebola plan was a major factor stalling the implementation of some donor funding, adding, “three weeks ago, when I arrived in Liberia with the agreement to be signed immediately, I was shocked to learn that the Ebola plan was not ready.”
Also speaking at the program, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah, said despite the enormous challenges of the virus, the government continues to make gains ranging from building of Ebola Treatment Units to increase in response rates, which are vital to restoring confidence in the country’s health system.