During the heat of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, almost all healthcare facilities, especially those in the parts of the country’s doors were closed to the public because of fear of the virus.
The ACRES Community Clinic in Millsburg, rural Montserrado County throughout the crisis kept its doors open, not to just the community it serves but its immediate environs. The CEO of ACRES Clinic, Joyce K. Raynes-Ogunti in an exclusive interview, told the Daily Observer how the clinic, which is a dream come true for she and her husband, carried out the tedious task of providing healthcare services to the people during the difficult period of Ebola and up to now.
In spite of this huge challenge, ACRES, which was primarily constructed to meet the health needs of the people of Millsburg and its surroundings, extended its services to others.
“Though the clinic was built for the people of Millsburg, we could not stop because the people needed treatment. Let us be reminded that not all of the people that were sick during that period had Ebola.
“It was, however, the denial to treat people of common illnesses that exacerbated the situation in the country,” she noted.
Mrs. Raynes-Ogunti further explained that she was grateful to see that ACRES was opened to treat the sick during the heat of the country’s national health crisis. She said the clinic braved the storm to serve humanity as she was told not to forget her people by her late mother, Clinette King-Raynes.
According to her, there are plans underway to construct a new building that will cater to more people.
She stressed, “Healthcare services are cardinal to our people and as a health practitioner, we will continue to work to ensure that our people have access to healthcare delivery.”
She explained, “This clinic was a sacrifice that we made to our parents, my mother always said that the day God blesses you, don’t forget your people. And this clinic has provided treatment to close to 15,000 people since it was established in 2013.”
According to her, “The clinic had influx of patients at the time when the virus was raging in the country as compared to now that Ebola has subsided.
“Many of these people came from far places including Suehn Mecca, Harrisburg Grand Bassa, among others for care.”
She disclosed that the clinic did not encounter any Ebola case but throughout the Ebola crisis carried out preventive measures and procedures at the clinic.
Mrs. Raynes-Ogunti used the occasion to hail all health practitioners, especially those at ACRES for the level of work to help to save lives, which is mounted with huge sacrifices, adding that God’s blessings would continue to protect Liberians during difficult situations.