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Liberia Gets New Public Health Center

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The Center for Disease Control Foundation has turned over a National Public Health Emergency Operation Center to the Government and people of Liberia for Public Health Emergency. The facility costs US$6m.

Speaking yesterday, September 21, 2015 at the dedicatory ceremony, CDC’s Representative Jeffrey Bryant said the Foundation had confidence in the Ministry of Health to operation the health, and that the CDC will fully support the idea of the EOC.

Also speaking at the program, the Deputy Director for programs at the Paul G. Allen Ebola program, Brennan Banks, said his institution supported the establishment of centralized Emergency Operations centers to coordinate the national Ebola response in Guinea, Liberia and Serra Leone, and to establish the first ever national hotlines to facilitate effective communication about Ebola and other health issues.

The U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, thanked the Government and people of Liberia for the successful fight against the deadly Ebola virus, saying it was a simple way to say that Ebola has no preview in the world.

She said U>S Government will work with the Government of Liberia to ensure that the health system will no longer be infected as it was months ago.  Meanwhile, the Minister of Health expressed gratitude to its partners for coming to Liberia’s aid. Minister Bernice Dahn said the ministry has developed a 7-year investment plan to improve a public health lab, further indicating that there are other plans by the Ministry of Health in the interest of the health sector. Minister Dahn also confirmed that the new building has already been turned over to the ministry.

By Bridgett Milton – Edited by George Barpeen

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