A new US$500,000 modern health facility, to be equipped with some of the latest medical technologies, has been constructed and dedicated in Kakata, Margibi County.
The Waterfield Primary Health Care Center, which was constructed by Dr. (MD) Christiana K. Hena, a General Medicine and Public Health Practitioner, sits on an acre of land in New Kakata. It contains a pharmacy, dental department, pediatric ward, eye department, and an X-ray room, rooms for adult screening and diagnostic labs. It has a triage for screening patients before they are allowed into the main health center.
Officially dedicating the health facility, which is named in honor of an American family, Jim and Sandy Waterfield, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, praised Dr. Hena for the vision.
The VP promised to work with and do all to support Dr. Hena so that she can provide health care for Liberians in that part of the country.
She told the gathering that throughout the process of the construction, she did not receive any support from the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Health; not even the Margibi County Health Team.
“We were treated like we had Ebola; not a dime was ever given to this process. All the funding used on this facility was donated by our friends,” she told a Daily Observer team on Friday, August 12, , after the formal dedication of the Waterfield Primary Health Care Center.
Dr. Hena is a native of Kakata City where she was born and grew up.
She left Liberiato study Medicine in the USA years ago. She worked with the United Methodist’s General Board of Global Ministries for nearly quarter of a century before returning home to Liberia. All throughout those years, she worked in some of the poverty-stricken communities in India, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Soviet Union (today Russia), etc.
She returned home and began a not-for-profit NGO — Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia (HWHL). Before the construction of the new facility, she operated a mini clinic at her home, where patients, especially women and children received free-of-charge treatment. She told our Health Desk that she will gradually begin to transition from her home to the Waterfield Health Care Center.
Dr. Hena, along with her team of health workers, provides healthcare to 34 communities in Margibi County and beyond.
According to the Medical Doctor, she established the NGO based on her conviction of what she saw when she lived abroad and when she came on many occasions to visit.
“I always came back here to provide community service and looking at the health situation in the country, I felt that I could make a difference and bring back the integrity and dignity that I saw was missing,” she stated.
She said that she wants to give people the reason for coming to health facility and not allow them to go back because they are fearful. So, she along with the health workers whom she has trained treats patients and gives them medications coupled with the love of Christ.
In her program, she provides lectures to parents and guardians on different health issues, including preventing malaria, diarrhea and how to take care of their children. Her NGO, Health Women Health Liberia (HWHL) also performs deworming for the children twice a year.
“We partner with the University of Virginia; we have set up our computers in a way that they can talk and consult with us and we can show them what we do here. They have helped us set up our wound care center,” she stated.
She had told our Health Correspondent in an earlier interview that because the number of patients she sees daily at her mini clinic has increased and the clinic and yard can hardly accommodate all of them, the Lord laid on her heart to construct a bigger facility, which will take in more sick people.
Dr. Hena told the Daily Observer Health Desk recently in Kakata, that she, on her own, never had the amount of money that was needed to build the Waterfield Primary Health Care Center.
She praised Jim and Sandy Waterfield, who live in a little town called Canadian Texas in Texas, USA, for donating US$200,000 to her cause. She also said that donations in kind and cash came from other people and institutions also. One of such persons in Liberia and in Margibi County, whom she said was always around during the construction process, is Senator Oscar Cooper.
The primary health care facility’s electricity is provided by solar power.
She stated that the design for the whole facility was done by some friends outside Liberia, who are specialized in the design of health facilities.
Dr. Hena stated that when the Center is fully operating, patients will pay a very small fee so that they appreciate the services that would be provided. At the moment, every service she provides is free-of-charge.