DECEMBER 1, 2014 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Recently accredited United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover, has handed over 24 multi-purpose vehicles and 29 motorbikes to the National Emergency Response Center (NERC) in Freetown to aid the national fight against Ebola.
The donation is part of the United States government’s support to the government and people of Sierra Leone in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.
The vehicles, according to Ambassador Hoover, were donated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to assist with critical transportation needs to combat the Ebola epidemic.
Dr. Oliver Morgan, acting Country Director for CDC Sierra Leone, also noted that the vehicles would help maintain a critical function in the country’s Ebola response, including fulfilling transportation needs for laboratory specimen, case investigation and surveillance.
“Since the outbreak began in March, the CDC Foundation has raised more than $44 million to support a range of real-time, on-the-ground needs identified by CDC and its public health partners in West Africa,” he said. “The Foundation, through gifts from generous donors, is providing funding for the development of ongoing emergency operations centers in countries hardest hit by the outbreak – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
“The CDC Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to connect the CDC with private-sector organizations and individuals to build life-saving health programs around the world.”