UNMIL donating 30 vehicles for Government’s use in fight against Ebola
Monrovia, 15 August 2014 – The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today handed over the first six of 30 vehicles it is donating to the Government of Liberia for use in the fight against Ebola.
“The donation of 30 vehicles is one example of how UNMIL is supporting the Government-led fight against Ebola,” said UNMIL’s Director of Mission Support Hubert Price during a brief hand-over ceremony at the Mission’s logistical base on Bushrod Island in Monrovia.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare was the Deputy Minister for Administration, Mathew T. K. Flomo, who was accompanied by the Assistant Minister for Administration, John M. Linga. UNML’s Chief of Integrated Support Services Francisco Rouillon served as witness of the hand-over of the four Nissan Patrols and two Toyota Prados.
The scope and scale of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is unprecedented, with over 1,060 reported deaths now recorded in the three countries. The number of new cases continues to grow, with 778 confirmed, probable or suspected cases now reported in Liberia. The actual number is likely much higher.
“The Government continues to show its commitment to defeating Ebola and to succeed it needs sustained support,” said Price. “UNMIL has oriented several parts of its operations to support the Government in the fight against Ebola.”
The mission is providing substantial contributions to logistics and working closely with Superintendents and County Health Teams through UNMIL Field Offices in every county.
UNMIL Radio and the Mission’s outreach team continue to be vital for the Government’s dissemination of information on Ebola prevention and response, along with UNICEF and the World Health Organization. UN Police and military are taking every necessary precaution to protect their personnel so that they can continue providing back-up security to the Liberia National Police.
The UN family and international partners in Liberia are working tirelessly to support the Government-led response, including support for surveillance and contact tracing, medical expertise, and material resources.
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