Ministry Gets $800B Budget to Fight Ebola

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The US government has given the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) $800billion to help fight Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The money is to be used to procure commodities and supplies to help in the fight against Ebola.

It is now up to the MOHS to ensure that the money is well spent for the good of all Sierra Leoneans.

The Ministry of Health has received a US$800,000 budget from the World Bank to support its activities in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale.

The budget was provided through the International Development Association (IDA), an affiliate of the World Bank, with support from the European Union, USAID, and other partners.

Dr. Gwenigale made the disclosure on Monday at the regular press briefing of the joint national taskforce on EVD at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill.

He said the money will be used to help improve Liberia’s health care system that has over the years been in a state of decay due to underinvestment and lack of proper management.

The Minister noted that as a result of this situation, health service delivery facilities are not working as expected; drugs are not available at health centers; there is no monitoring and supervision by his ministry through county health teams (CHTs); laboratory services are not functioning; and human resources for health are limited or non-existent in some areas.

In the past few days, the US has decided to spend $800B in the fight against Ebola. This is a significant number, since it’s almost 1% of America’s GDP. I wonder how much this will impact the economy?

In addition to this, the US has also decided that it should be able to use any medical aid that it can get. This includes things such as antibiotics, vaccines, and other medical products.

I think that it’s a good idea for countries to invest more money in health care and medical research. There are so many diseases out there that we don’t understand yet. We need to find cures for them.

The problem is that this is not something we can do easily. It requires a lot of money and research. It would be great if we could just throw money at problems and solve them, but this isn’t always possible. We have limited resources and limited time to work on these things.

The 2014-2015 budget for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone is Le841.9 billion (about $200 million). The ministry will use this money to fight various diseases including Ebola, malaria, cholera, meningitis and others.

The proposed budget was presented to Parliament recently by Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr. Kaifala Marah. It is the highest budget ever presented to the country’s parliament in history. This budget will see the Ministry of Health get an increase of Le135.2 billion ($32 million) from the 2013-2014 financial year.

This increase comes at a time when Sierra Leone is faced with the most deadliest disease ever known to mankind: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The government is spending more than half of its annual budget on fighting this deadly disease.

To date, it has spent more than Le1 trillion on fighting Ebola – even as critics claim that Sierra Leone’s health sector was in a very bad shape even before Ebola struck the country. There’s no doubt that this huge amount of money has been spent on containing Ebola and helping survivors, but critics are calling for transparency in how it has been spent so far and where it will be spent in future.

It is notable that the Ebola response has been funded like a military campaign. The Ministry of Defense has not just been involved: it has set the pace and been the primary organizer. The Ministry of Health, by contrast, appears to be following orders.

Militarization has advantages: you can get things done quickly, with a single chain of command; and you can mobilize resources on a massive scale. But it also makes it harder to sustain gains over time, because it disempowers local communities. And militarization may also have an indirect effect on disease transmission. Though this is an important topic for further research, early anecdotal evidence suggests that Ebola is more likely to spread when local populations are put under military pressure, and less likely to spread when they are treated as partners.

Takoradi, Aug. 13, GNA – The Ministry of Health on Tuesday began the distribution of two billion cedis worth of drugs to be used in treating Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The drugs will be distributed to all health facilities across the country to ensure that every patient who visits those facilities could get proper treatment.

The Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia announced this when he paid a working visit to the Western Region to interact with health workers and other strategic stakeholders on how well they are prepared to fight the EVD.

He said the Ministry was also procuring more equipment for health facilities in all parts of the country, adding that; “We are well prepared to deal with the deadly virus if it comes into the country”.

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