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Liberia poised to get U$1.62b share of Ebola Funds

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World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim
World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim

( 15, 2016)-Reports say Liberia stands as one of the beneficiaries of U$1. 62 billion from the World Bank.

According to the reports, the fund was mobilized by the World Bank to revitalize the economies of the three high hit Ebola countries in West Africa.

The money is also intended to finance Ebola response in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, respectively.

World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, made the disclosure Thursday, January 14, 2016 at program marking the fourth time declaration of Liberia Ebola free.

Mt. Jim said: “One point-seventeen billion dollars of the total amount came from the IDA, while 450 million United States Dollars also came from the International Finance Corporation.

The World Bank President also disclosed that an additional 200 million United States Dollars has been infused into the Ebola recovery programs for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Line

Mr. Jim noted: “During the height of the Ebola epidemic, more than 28 thousand people got infected, killing more than eleven  thousand people in the sub region. “

The World Bank President, however, warned citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take pride in their commitment towards becoming status of Ebola free nations.

In a related development, Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, has lauded the United Nations and other international partners for their support to Liberia, mainly during the Ebola crisis.

Minister Nyenswah said: “Liberia’s success in the fight against the virus was due to the huge support occasioned by capacity building of health and community surveillance workers.”

He also stressed the need for continued support by the UN and other international partners to ensure that Liberia implements its plans to build a robust health system.

Minister Nyenswah made the statement Wednesday, January 13, 2016 when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York via video link.

He told members of the UN General Assembly that health and other social workers over the last six months were trained in Integrated Disease Surveillance, Response, and Infection Prevention and Control.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, said   more than ten thousand Ebola survivors in West Africa need comprehensive support for their health and social well-being.

Mr. Ban wants the UN ensure care for the survivors, including widows, orphans and other vulnerable people. Mr. Ban spoke Wednesday, January 13, 2016 when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States.

He urged national and international donors to maintain their vigilance, commitment and solidarity for the people of West Africa.

Mr. Ban emphasized:  “Though the world anticipates future flare-ups of Ebola, Liberia’s experience in combating two flare-ups had shown the capacity of the affected countries to contain the virus. “


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