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October 22, 2014

Japan Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Liberia and Sierra Leone for Ebola Response

photoKaoru Yoshimura, Japanese ambassador to Ghana hands over Personal Protective Equipment to Musu J. Ruhle, charge d’affairs of Liberia High Commission in Ghana.
photoYoshimura hands over PPE to Nasratha Bakie Remoe-Doherty, charge d’affairs, High Commission of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
photoPPE provided from Japan

The Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency delivered emergency relief goods to the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Sierra Leone in response to the current growing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

The goods consist of 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to each country donated by Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Handover ceremonies were held October 9 in the official resident of the Japanese Ambassador, in Accra, Ghana.

Kaoru Yoshimura, Japanese ambassador to Ghana expressed his sincere condolences to the spread of Ebola and said “It is heartbreaking that so many people are affected and are taken their lives. I hope the emergency supplies from Japan will be delivered to the medical staff for sure so that it can be effectively used to reduce the spread of Ebola infection as quickly as possible”.

Musu J. Ruhle, charge d’affairs of Liberia High Commission in Ghana expressed her appreciation for this humanitarian support and praised that the supplies were delivered in very short period of time in response to the request.

Nasratha Bakie Remoe-Doherty, charge d’affairs, High Commission of the Republic of Sierra Leone expressed her appreciation toward Japan and its people for the assistance, and stated that she will continue to work on to calm down the Ebola infection in partnership with international community.

The PPE was received by World Health Organization in order to distribute to several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) which continue to experience growing number of patients and are at full capacity. Lack of PPE is also main concern. This will provide a first round of efforts out of PPE provided by Japan for Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Other emergency supplies pledged by JICA in August have been handed over to the Governments of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Those supplies included tents, water purifiers, generators, blankets and other supplies valued at 30 million yen per country. They will be used in Ebola treatment facilities.

In addition to what had been pledged so far, the Government of Japan decided on Oct. 3 to extend emergency aid to Ebola-affected countries including Liberia worth 2.4 billion Japanese yen (approximately USD 22 million) through the United Nations and international organizations for fighting Ebola in West Africa.

JICA, along with partners, will continue to support the Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Sierra Leone in their national response to fight against the spread of Ebola.

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