International Medical Project (IMP), a charity organization in the United States, through Firestone–Liberia Hospital, Duside, has donated three eye machines to the New Sight Eye Center (NSEC) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The machines, valued at US$150,000, include a Zeiss Eye Operating Microscope and two Alcon Phaco 20, 000 Ultrasound, provided by the Saint Elizabeth Hospital in California, the United States.
Presenting the machines to the NSEC over the weekend, IMP chief executive officer (CEO) Leon Randall said the donation is the entity’s way of helping to boost eye healthcare delivery services to Liberians.
“This is part of IMP’s generosity to Liberia which will go a long way to provide much needed effective, efficient as well as accessible and affordable services to the population,” said Randall.
There is a need for more attention to be given to NSEC because of the tremendous work it is providing Liberians, he said. He pledged to always identify with the center to put it on par with other eye care institutions not only in the sub-region but the world at large.
Mr. Randall stated: “There are lots of eye equipment that IMP has in California and giving them to this center will be no regret because the few times I visited NSEC, it is doing great, particularly in the eye health care sector of Liberia.”
Receiving the state of the art equipment, the NSEC executive director, Robert Dolo, extolled Mr. Randall for the donation that will enhance the operations of the center in meeting the eye health care needs of Liberians.
Mr. Dolo said: “I am amazed because what the center is receiving from IMP is beyond my imagination. This donation has pushed the NSEC to another level.”
He said the Alcon Phaco 20, 000 Ultrasound has also put Liberia on top of many countries in West Africa.
“We will ensure people with various eye problems are catered to and the machines will be maintained properly. Until now we have been using a manual machine that takes up to twenty to thirty minutes to get results,” he said.
He said besides catering to patients at the center, the three machines will be used to train individuals who will soon enroll at the NSEC training school.
The NSEC is privately owned and was officially launched on August 2, 2012 in Monrovia. It started as a two bedroom facility on S. D. Cooper Road Community in Paynesville, with four volunteers, in September 2010. It now has a two story building with 31 employees.