14 Health Workers Win US$5,000 Deposit Each

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At least 14 health workers from nine hospitals in the country were the lucky winners of raffle draws that awarded each a US$5,000 deposit to be used as down payment in the National Housing Authority’s ‘Home Ownership Campaign.’
At the launching program held at a local resort yesterday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was originally set to pick the lone winner, said it was necessary for government ministries to each commit at least US$5,000 from their budgets to support twenty health workers in the program.
She meanwhile decided that the number should be increased and working with the current arrangement, it added from the original one to fourteen winners.
President Sirleaf thanked healthcare workers for their support during the Ebola fight and commended the management of the National Housing Authority for the home ownership initiative.
Earlier, Mr. Prince A. Wreh, Deputy Managing Director for Administration, in an overview, told the more than 50 healthcare workers and others present that the initiative was intended to demonstrate NHA’s appreciation to healthcare workers for their sacrifices to Liberia during the Ebola crisis and beyond.
“When our people were dying,” Wreh said, “you were on the frontlines saving our people.” He read a letter from the Seventh Day Adventist Cooper Hospital which highly commended the NHA for the initiative.
Dr. Philip Ireland, a medical practitioner and Ebola survivor, also expressed gratitude to Liberian healthcare workers and noted that more support is needed in the fight against other health challenges.
“Liberia suffers from high maternal mortality and there is the urgent need to raise money to reduce it,” he said.
He was overwhelmed with the NHA’s initiative and commended the management for its support to assist healthcare workers in owning their own homes.
Mr. Dewitt von Ballmoos, Director General of the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP), assured NHA of NASSCORP’s support for the program.
The winners were: Evan-Lin Wonlue, Mamah Wilmot and Nyanpu Oppong (SOS Children’s Village); Cynthia Gardner, Edward Mulbah (SDA Cooper Hospital); Joyce B. Teage (ArcelorMittal Hospital, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County); Marie Vesselee (Redemption Hospital) and Garmai Q. Johnson (Hope for Women International).
The rest were Ciatta Kassellie (James Davies Memorial Hospital); Mayoe Kellen, Etta M. Flomo, Patty McClain (St. Timothy Hospital) and Louise D. Gaye (ELWA Hospital).
NHA said the total amount for each of the estates is U$11,000 and so with the initial down payment, which must be processed through the NHA and with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), the balance US$6,000 each will be paid through a mortgage program in a period of ten years.
LBDI representatives on hand to take winners’ questions said the mortgage payment may be less than US$100 a month for the entire ten-year period. The housing units are located in Brewerville, Montserrado County.

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