Eight hospitals, ETUs and clinics last Friday took delivery of medical supplies estimated at US$100,000 from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., during a program held at the Fish Market in Monrovia.
LPRC Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams, president of Eta Epsilon Lambada Chapter, before the distribution, said the donation was in response to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal to Liberians last July to join the fight against the then raging Ebola Virus Disease.
“We realized that the Liberian government did not have the capacity to respond to the fight and therefore we made contact with our sorority friends in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, who mobilized to support the fight against the virus,” he said.
He indicated that additional supplies, expected to arrive very soon, will also be distributed to hospitals outside Montserrado County. The Alpha Phi Alpha, he said, is a brotherhood organization that seeks to relieve humanity of difficulties, adding that the sorority will not relent untill the Ebola virus disease is eradicated from the country.
He called on Liberians not to resort to complacency because of the drastic decline in Ebola infections.
Responding on behalf of the Incident Management System, Health Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyeswah commended the fraternity, along with others, and noted that the supplies would go a long way to help sustain gains achieved so far in the Ebola eradication effort.
Minister Nyeswah warned that Liberia is not yet out of danger, since “there are a couple of positive cases, here and there.” He urged Liberians to continue practicing Ebola preventive measures.
He recounted Alpha Phi Alpha’s contributions since July 2014, and commended the organization for its continuous support to the national fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.
Monrovia City Mayor, Mrs. Clara Doe Mvogo, also expressed appreciation to Alpha and urged Liberians to keep observing Ebola preventive measures to ensure the end of the virus in the country.
Earlier, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who briefly joined the distribution event, commended Alpha Phi Alpha for their invaluable contribution to support the national effort.
Vice President Joseph Boakai, also in a passing visit, expressed appreciation to Alpha Phi Alpha for the valuable contribution and promised 600 cartons of tuna fish to be delivered to the benefiting institutions.
The eight beneficiaries are the Bensonville Hospital, Lakpazee Clinic, Clara Town Clinic, THT Hospital and Hotel Africa ETU.
Others are Curren Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County, TB Annex Health Clinic and Duport Road Health Center.
The items included examination gloves, surgical gloves, Clorox, wipes and surgical masks.
The rest are assorted surgical items, ICU materials, injection needles, IV lines, syringes, tourniquets and spinal needles.
On behalf of the recipients, Mr. Samuel Tarplah of the Unity Conference Center ETU, expressed gratitude to Alpha Phi Alpha and assured them and their U.S. based partners that the medical supplies would be used for the intended purposes.