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Chamber of Commerce supports Liberia to fight Ebola

BY: Charles Andoh

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has donated a consignment of items worth GH¢80,000 to the Liberian Embassy in support of that country’s effort to contain the outbreak of Ebola.

The items, which include 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE), will also keep health workers safe as they work to save lives and help prevent the further spread of the disease.

Other medical supplies donated included 6,000 syringes with needles, 100 bedpans, 30 men’s urinals and 2,000 infusion administration sets.

The countries, most severely affected by Ebola — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — have very weak health systems, lack human and infrastructural resources and have only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability. 

Reason for the donation 

Briefing the media after the presentation, the President of the GCCI, Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, said Liberia was strong in the areas of trade and commerce until the outbreak.

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He said the chamber could not sit idle while the country battled with the disease and expressed optimism that the situation in Liberia would return to normal very soon.

Mr Adjei-Baah indicated the chamber’s preparedness to continue to “help our brothers and sisters in that country”.

He called for more support for the affected countries in the sub-region.

Appreciation   

The Minister Counsellor of the Liberian Embassy in Ghana, Mr Jonathan A. Shiancoe, who received the items, thanked the Chamber for the support.

He said the items would be transported to Liberia immediately to serve the purpose for which they were donated.

Mr Shiancoe expressed delight, particularly at the way many Ghanaians and corporate institutions had made various donations to his country in support of the fight against Ebola and said the death rate in Liberia had reduced drastically.

He indicated that some of the Ebola centres in his country were now empty as a result of the measures put in place to contain the disease, adding that “by December, a lot of improvement would have been made”.