Africare/Liberia recently presented US$180,000 worth of medical supplies to Phebe and C.B. Dunbar Maternity hospitals for the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Phebe and C.B. Dunbar are the two biggest hospitals in Bong County, Central Liberia.
Africare/Liberia Country Director Ernest Kromah Gaie, who made the presentation, said the entity’s intervention is aimed at buttressing government efforts in restoring routine health services, which have been interrupted as a result of the Ebola epidemic.
Mr. Gaie also expressed hopes that the materials provided will assist the health institutions as they strive during this Ebola outbreak to provide health services to ordinary citizens, who are suffering from the EVD, and to those in need of other forms of healthcare.
He extended gratitude to Direct Relief, an American-based charitable organization for their partnership with Africare/Liberia in making the supplies available.
According to him, it was Direct Relief that air-lifted the materials at a cost of approximately half a million US dollars to the country.
In their respective remarks after they received the items, the medical director of Phebe Hospital, Dr. Jefferson Sibleh, and C.B. Dunbar medical director, Dr. Olbert Dolo, on behalf of the two institutions, commended Africare for the provision of the materials.
The two medical doctors stressed the need to empower their health facilities since the institutions are the two biggest health centers in the county.
“The Africare donation has added big boost to our jobs at our respective institutions,” the two medical directors added.
Meanwhile, Africare has disclosed that another consignment of medical supplies will arrive in the country from the U.S. in the coming weeks.
According to Mr. Gaie, upon the arrival of the consignment, they will also distribute them to other health facilities.
Despite the Ebola situation in the county, Africare/Liberia Bong County office, continues to collaborate with the county health team to ensure routine basic primary health services are provided at all primary health care facilities in the county.
With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW), Africre/Liberia is supplying drugs as well as medical and non-medical supplies to protect clinicians, while they provide health services to residents of the county, among other things.