APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone)
The United States has donated five new ambulances to Sierra Leone in response to a request by the government to help it fight against the Ebola epidemic in the country, the US embassy Charge d'Affaires in Freetown said here on Wednesday.
Kathleen Fitzgibbon said the donation was towards the fight against
the Ebola epidemic in the country.
In a statement issued here Wednesday, Kathleen Fitzgibbon said the vehicles were from the US-government funded PAE Logistic depot.
"We were happy to be able to meet the government`s request for these vehicles and know that they will be put to immediate use," Ms Fitzgibbon said.
The US recently upped its response to the outbreak after several exchanges between President Ernest Bai Koroma and western governments, including US President Barack Obama.
The US has also announced plans to deploy the military to help serve in a treatment center in the country.
President Koroma, on receiving keys to the vehicles at State House, expressed the hope that with such support coming, the disease will be arrested by December. He commended the US for the support.