The Government of Japan has donated seven ambulances valued at over four hundred thousand United Sates Dollars as additional support to the fight against the Ebola virus in Liberia. The seven ambulances arrived in Liberia on Thursday, October 30, 2014 on board a chartered cargo flight at the Roberts International Airport.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Corporation Hon. Dehpue Zuo and Assistant Health Minister for Administration Hon. John N. Linga received the ambulances on behalf of the Government of Liberia.
In a brief remark, Assistant Minister Zuo expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia to the Japanese Government for the continuous support to the people of Liberia. Assistant Minister Zuo emphasized that Japan has been very supportive to the Liberian Government in the fight against Ebola.
For his part, Assistant Health Minister for Administration, John Linga said the ambulances will be distributed among counties that don’t have ambulances, describing the donation as very timely. Assistant Minister Linga advised Liberians to continue taking all necessary preventive measures in protecting themselves against the Ebola virus, despite the decrease in Ebola cases.
The cost of the ambulances donated by the Japanese Government is put at Four Hundred Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Nine United States Dollars (US$400,159.00). The arrival of the ambulances followed an earlier donation by the Government and People of Japan of assorted medical items. Japan is also donating six (6) ambulances to the Republic of Sierra Leone.