Netherlands Sending Vessel With Health Supplies To Liberia As Ebola War Continues

The Kingdom of Netherlands is sending a vessel laden with anti-Ebola supplies to Liberia, the country’s Ambassador Hans Docker has disclosed. He said the vessel is expected to arrive in the country in two weeks, according to an Executive Mansion release.

Ambassador Docker made the disclosure when he presented his Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia Monday, stressing that his country will “firmly stand by Liberia during this time of the Ebola outbreak.”

The Dutch envoy, who is resident in Accra, Ghana, also revealed that a trade and investment delegation from the Netherlands will visit Liberia shortly, and expressed support for the country’s recovery process and putting the economy back on course.

Ambassador Docker also informed President Sirleaf that he has been appointed as the “Dutch Special Ebola Envoy” to the affected countries and that the Kingdom is currently mobilizing to send healthcare workers, a mobile laboratory and,   to also build an Ebola Treatment Unit where it is most needed in the region.

He also assured his country’s commitment to partner with the Liberian Government to implement the project that will transform the Mesurado River for beautification and touristic attraction upon the request of President Sirleaf.

Speaking earlier, the Liberian leader stressed that the Ebola virus has had a grave impact on the country’s development drive, including the economy, and informed Ambassador Docker that a post-Ebola recovery plan is being developed to mitigate the economic challenges that may arise.

The release said the Liberian leader also appealed to the Netherlands to partner with the Government of Liberia to implement a Water Management Program on the Mesurado River for safe livelihood and touristic attraction.

The appeal was accepted, the release said.



Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/

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