By David A. Yates
The Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has announced the arrival of two 40-foot containers in the country to commence the distribution of several medical equipment and supplies to six hospitals in six counties worth US$565,000 or L$62.7 million.
Addressing a news conference last Friday, Madam Fatu Gbedema, Country Director of CAF, said the distribution of the supplies and equipment, which falls under the CAF Health Infrastructure Support Project (CHISP), started on Wednesday, June 14, at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County.
She further disclosed that the medical supplies and equipment include comprehensive sets of surgical equipment, catheters, gauze, bandages, examination beds, gloves, medical furniture, as well as consumable and non-consumable medical products to health facilities.
Madam Gbedema said the distribution in Margibi County was followed by the delivery of a similar consignment of medical equipment and supplies to the C.B. Dunbar Health Center in Gbarnga, Bong County, adding that on Monday, June 19 CAF will also deliver another consignment of medical supplies and equipment to the government hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
She said following the Grand Bassa County distribution, the Curran Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County will receive its supplies on June 20. She noted that despite the current rains and the deplorable road conditions in rural Liberia, CAF would do everything possible to reach out to the needy medical centers around the country. Meanwhile, distributions in Fish Town, River Gee County and Harper City, Maryland County will respectively follow on June 23 and June 24.
The CAF Country Director said the project is geared towards addressing some of the challenges faced by the health sector with particular emphasis on rural and peri-urban communities. She also said the donation to these health centers is part of the Cummings Africa Foundation’s support to ensure improved healthcare delivery in Liberia.
The CAF Health Infrastructure Support Project is a collaboration between the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, MideShare and the Cummings Africa Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by Alexander B. Cummings.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAF, Mr. Cummings, who is also the political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), reiterated the deplorable state of the country’s health sector, and promised to help in its improvement.
“The size of this project speaks volumes about how important the health of the ordinary Liberian is to me as founder and chairman of CAF. And this is because if a country is to grow economically and socially, it must have healthy citizens. That is why we at CAF have invested our time and energy over the past six months to make sure that our people receive these medical supplies and equipment,” he said.
He said the donation is expected to serve the needs of over one million patients over the next year and with “our commitment to further expand this project to complement national efforts in the health sector, we can only be sure that better days will come because Liberia deserves better.”
Also speaking, Dr. Jerald Tamba, a CAF volunteer, told journalists that the distribution of the supplies and equipment will be done in line with CAF’s policy to ensure that the country’s health care delivery is greatly improved.