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Min. Konneh wants Ebola Response Projects gains assessed

Benjamin S. Taingay
Minister, Amara Konneh
Minister, Amara Konneh

(elbcradio.com/August 14, 2015)-Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, has urged the four Mano River Union (MRU) countries’ delegates to assess the Ebola response project’s gains in the region.

Minister Konneh said as part of the international community’s contribution to the MRU member states’ fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the African Development Bank (ADB) supported the recruitment of the desired human resources under the Ebola Crisis Response Project.

He made the statement Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the start of a two- day sub-regional meeting to discuss the performance of the Ebola Crisis Project at a local hotel in the Sinkor suburb of Monrovia.

According to our reporter, Minister Konneh’s statement was read on his behalf by the Deputy Finance and Development Planning Minister for Economic Management, Dr. Mounir Siaplay.

In the statement, Minister Konneh also said: “The project focuses on mobilization, deployment and compensation of external medical personnel, incentive scheme and training of local health workers in the three Ebola affected countries.”

“It also includes private sector participation and project monitoring at the country and regional levels to ensure that there are no gaps in the support and that resources provided each country meet the urgent specific needs.”

The Finance and Development Planning Minister noted that the MRU member states have endured a long period of conflict and instability since the early 1990s with devastating consequences on all sectors of their economies.

He, however, said efforts have been made by the respective governments, with support from development partners, to restore normalcy, our reporter also noted.

“Our efforts were reversed by the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea in December 2013 and its subsequent spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone in March and May 2014, respectively.”

However, containing the disease was the greatest challenge ever faced by our countries in healthcare delivery,” our reporter also quoted Minister Konneh as having added.

 


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