President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated a New Eyesight Center in the 72nd Community in Paynesville City and described the executive director and founder, Dr. Robert Dolo, as “a symbol of the new Liberia.”
President Sirleaf, according to an Executive Mansion release, performed the dedicatory ceremony on Saturday, June 25, when she cut the ribbon to the newly constructed modern New Eyesight Center in Bassa Town, 72nd Community.
The President was elated over Dr. Dolo and his partners’ initiative to construct the Eye Center in the country. She said the new Liberia needs people who are willing to be a part of the country’s development.
Such Liberians, she said, make the sacrifice despite not having the resources; but having the skills and talents, they are willing to put them to work, not only for themselves, but for the good of others.
The President praised Dr. Dolo for choosing eye care, which according to her, is not common in the Liberian society because it requires extreme talent and skills.
President Sirleaf took the opportunity to commend residents of the community, who turned out in their numbers to witness the ceremony, for closely working with Dr. Dolo and his partners in acquiring the land on which the two storey building is situated.
“Together, everyone can achieve something in rebuilding the country like what Dr. Robert Dolo and the 72nd residents have done,” President Sirleaf told the gathering.
She said while her leadership has been keen on building some of the best “resilience health centers to address any life threaten eventuality, like the outbreak of Ebola, one of the areas in the health sector that will need serious attentions is to improve eyesight.
For his part, Dr. Dolo thanked President Sirleaf for the honor and said the New Eyesight Center, launched in 2012, is aimed at reducing preventable blindness and visual impairment in rural and upper communities in the country.
For that, his objective is to make eye health available and affordable to individual families across Liberia and in the sub-region.
President Sirleaf and delegation toured the entire facility, including counseling room, visual acuity, and the theater, surgical and optical units.
Shortly after the tour, President Sirleaf pledged her support as part of her contribution towards Dr. Dolo and his partners’ efforts.
She also briefly interacted with some of the patients, and assured them of government’s supports to their health care.
In brief remarks, Montserrado County Electoral District No #5 Representative Thomas Fallah commended President Sirleaf for creating the enabling environment for every Liberian, including Dr. Dolo, to return home and make their respective contributions to the country’s development.
The ceremony was attended by Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler, Dr. Francis N. Kateh, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Community members, among others.