BAO-CHICO Turns over US$64K Health Center to Gomgbeya Chiefdom

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A US$64 health center built by the BAO-Chinese Iron Ore Exploration Company, (BAO-CHICO) was turned over to Gomgbeya Chiefdom last Tuesday in Gbarpolu County.
The facility, located in Gokala, capital of Gomgbeya Chiefdom, contains offices, a maternal healthcare center, Out Patient Department and a dispensary.
BAO-Chico Country Representative John Zhang, known in the community as John Jallah, recalled the difficulties at the beginning of the company’s exploration process in the chiefdom, and stated that with the support of traditional leaders and other stakeholders, the company achieved its objective.
He paid special tribute to the elders and zoes and particularly to the memory of the late paramount chief of Gomgbeya Chiefdom, Jallah Lone, for supporting the company’s presence in the chiefdom.
Zhang disclosed that the late paramount chief received BAO-Chico in Gomgbeya with open arms and stood by the company until it gained ground in the chiefdom.
He used the occasion to commend President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for encouraging Liberia to form a partnership with China (PRC) that is geared toward mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries.
On behalf of the government, Mr. Paul Kinba, Assistant Gbarpolu County Superintendent for Development, described the health center as a dream come true at a time when the people desperately need it.
He urged BAO-Chico to fence the facility and bring in Chinese doctors to work hand in hand with the Liberian government to ensure that the healthcare needs of the people are met.
The construction of the center came as a result of an agreement reached between Gomgbeya Citizens Committee and BAO-Chico to use a portion of its Social Development Fund to build a healthcare center for the chiefdom.
For his part Gbarpolu County Senator, Pro Tempore Armah Jallah, who spoke through a proxy, described BAO-Chico as a partner in his county’s reconstruction.
He said BAO-Chico’s funding of the health center has demonstrated the company’s willingness to give back to the community in which it operates.
He lauded the company for its continued support to the development of Gomgbeya Chiefdom through the construction of roads, bridges and the provision of social services to the people.

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