Liberia: Government gives duty free on imported sanitation goods

…As part of measures to fight Ebola – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – In the wake of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and in continuation of efforts to combat the disease, the Liberian Government has announced duty free on the importation of sanitation commodities into the country.

According to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, such commodities include chlorine, soap, sanitizers, fliers and buckets.

The Liberian Leader also spoke against increase in prices of sanitation commodities used in the fight against the Ebola virus.

Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The President warned that increase in prices of sanitation commodities will be treated as an offense against the people of Liberia, and directed the Ministry of Commerce to enforce the order.

As per the order, video clubs and entertainment centers must have improved sanitation facilities, including washing of hands prior to entering and exiting as well as to restrict opening hours, and the number of individuals permitted to enter the facilities.

The President also seriously advised all citizens to avoid public amusement and entertainment centers.

Addressing the Nation on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, the Liberian Leader said the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies are also to consider the cremation of all victims of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to her, this measure is intended to avoid tampering with the dead and contaminating water sources.

The President used her Address to the Nation to also launch the National Action Plan presented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in partnership with the World Health Organization.

National Action Plan establishes a useful framework by which the government can continue its fight against Ebola, as well as seek international support and assistance.

Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has contributing the amount of five million United States dollars as initial contribution to begin the immediate implementation of the Plan.

President Johnson-Sirleaf reiterated that Ebola is real, contagious, and kills.

She urged that all must take extra measures announced by the Ministry of Health to keep safe.