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Arcelor Mittal in Ebola Fight, Spends US$1.5m
By Wellington G. Patrick, Nimba County Correspondent
YEKEPA, November 18 (LINA) - World steel giant Arcelor Mittal, operating in Yekepa, Nimba County, has spent sUS$1.5 million between April and November this year in contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus.
Arcelor Mittal Head of Corporate Communications in Liberia, Hesta Baker Pearson, said this amount is part of the US$3million the company budgeted at the onset of the outbreak of the disease.
She told the Liberia News Agency recently that the US$3miliion budgeted covers training of health workers in both private and public hospitals as well as capacity building for health care providers at the company’s hospitals in Yekepa and Buchanan.
He said the company has also provided personal protective equipment (PPEs), several thermo flashes, two ambulances, and constructed Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) worth over half a million United States dollars.
Arcelor Mittal is currently mining iron ore at Mount Tokadeh in Zolowee near Yekepa. It contributed six percent of the world’s crude steel output in 2012.