More than 7 communities in Panta District, Bong County, have benefited from a weeklong free healthcare delivery service rendered by a team of medical practitioners from the Kingdom Care Medical Center Mobile Clinic (KCMC) in Monrovia.
The initiative was sponsored through CHEVRON and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) according to the head of KCMC, Dr. Martha Zarway.
The communities benefiting from the health services include Bellemu, Foequelleh, Garmu, Gbaota, and Shankpowar among others.
Over 300 residents from these various communities— including the elders and local authorities of Panta District— turned out last Tuesday for the first day of treatment. They seemed overwhelmed with joy at the presence of the nurses and doctor and gave them a rousing traditional welcome.
In his welcome remarks on Tuesday, January 21, the chief elder of Panta District, Tokpa Dolo, said that they were pleased with the opportunity to access free medical services.
“Your presence here today is a manifestation of love, which has already brought healing to our lives. We are therefore very grateful you came,” he told the medical team.
He disclosed that health services in their district were scarce; as local clinics are often found lacking drugs to treat patients.
“Many times it is difficult for our wives and children to get adequate health care,” he mentioned.
In an interview with journalists at the location of the KCMC on Tuesday, the commissioner of Panta District, Willington Bellepu, called on the government of Liberia to improve health care delivery services in his district.
He said that with good health, people in his district could work more efficiently to improve their lives.
He used the occasion to thank CHEVRON and NOCAL for identifying with his people on the matter of their health.
Giving an overview of their activities, the head of KCMC’s medical team, Dr. Zarway, stated that the health care delivery service was intended to fulfill social corporate responsibilities of both NOCAL and CHEVRON.
She said her institution is collaborating with the two companies to ensure that Liberian citizens— mainly those from the rural parts of the country— get access to free treatment.
According to Dr. Zarway medical conditions such as pregnancy, anemia, malaria, bronchopneumonia, hypertension and others were considered for treatment at the various centers.
She explained that during the exercise patients with critical illnesses were referred to the Kingdom Care clinic or bigger health facilities.
Dr. Zarway disclosed that the program started in January 2013 in rural Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties with around 2,700 people benefitting (a weeklong treatment per trip).
Meanwhile, some beneficiaries of the treatment described it as being very helpful.
They lauded the medical team of KCMC and its partners for the kind gesture.