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Press Release

September 5, 2014

Hand-Over Ceremony for Emergency Relief Goods in Sierra Leone

On September 5 at a central storage of Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Government of Japan through JICA delivered Emergency Relief Goods to the Government of Sierra Leone for fighting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The goods consist of 70 tents, 31 generator, 400 sleeping pads and 400 blankets, which will be used for treatment and prevention of EVD infection. These are worth approximately US$283,000.

Mr. Umetsu, the Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of Japan in Ghana stated that the Japanese Government and people of Japan are pleased to support the Sierra Leonean Government and people in fighting EVD, and hope to utilize the equipment for patients treatment and infection prevention activities immediately. The Honorable Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Foday Sawi deeply thanked the people of Japan for the equipment, and promised to use the equipment for fighting EVD continuously, together with support from international community.

EVD was first detected in March in Guinea, and spread to Sierra Leone, and has been epidemic nationwide. The President of Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency for EVD. On the 8th of August, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a public health emergency of international concern for outbreaks of EVD, and urged the international community to work together for the prevention of EVD, and to support countries infected by EVD. Indeed, the number of patients is still increasing. There are more than 1,100 patients as of early September.

The Government of Japan and JICA are supporting the Government of Sierra Leone in cooperation with other international organizations and NGOs, and hope the Sierra Leone will be recovering from the negative impacts of EVD.

PhotoMr. Umetsu, the Deputy Head of the Embassy of Japan in Ghana stated a message from the government of Japan.

PhotoEmergency Relief Goods from Japan offloaded from a track

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