Miss Liberia, Wokie Dolo, has provided assorted food and non-food items, including rice and clothes, to the Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehabilitation Center in Nimba County.
There are 150 patients currently at the Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehabilitation Center. The center is providing free medical services to TB and leprosy patients.
Miss Dolo donated the items to patients at the center on Saturday, February 25, 2017 during a voter registration sensitization campaign in Bong and Nimba counties.
She said the donation was her way of identifying with sick people at the rehabilitation center.
Miss Dolo recalled growing up as a child near the center and said “I have only stopped here to give back to my community. I used to come playing here almost every day, when I was a child growing up in Ganta.”
During the donation, Miss Dolo lauded the center’s administration for the services it is providing to the patients.
She promised to attract financial support to the center.
The center’s Officer in Charge, John Saa Brimah, lauded Miss Dolo for identifying with patients at the center.
He disclosed that the center is in dire need of food and medical materials for patients, most of whom sustained large wounds.
Brimah appealed to the Liberian government to subsidize the center and noted that the provision of financial support would enable the center to properly care for patients, who he said are fed three times a day.
Mr. Brimah explained that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently visited the center, but “we never had time to engage her, because she was so busy and encircled with lot of security people.”
He lauded government for placing some doctors and nurses at the center on salary and stressed that when subsidies are provided the center would provide salaries to the remaining health workers.
Meanwhile, patients Grace Kerkulah and Victor Dumbar lauded Miss Dolo for identifying with them. Grace congratulated Dolo on her victory as Miss Liberia and said “we will pray for you to continually identify with us.”