Catholic Health Secretariat Gets Medical Supplies

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The Health Secretariat of the Catholic Church of Liberia was on Thursday the grateful recipient of critically needed Anti- Ebola medical supplies.

According to the Citizens Alliance to Stop Ebola (CASE –Liberia) officials, the medical supplies comprising drugs and vital testing equipment valued at US$2,500 were acquired by donors and friends at home and abroad.

Liberia Law Society Director, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, II, during the presentation, reminded Liberians to not be complacent about the Ebola virus.

Atty. Woods, a former director of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), also advised that the medical supplies should not be used for the anti-Ebola fight alone.

“It is our hope and conviction that the medical supplies would be used to prevent and cure other illnesses that continue to affect Liberians in our country,” he stated.

He also underscored the need for the government, its partners and Liberians to begin to consider the long and medium-range planning of the health system of the country.

Atty. Woods also pointed out that some of the medical supplies will be donated to the ELWA Hospital outside Monrovia through its director, Dr. Jerry Browne.

It may be recalled that a few months ago, Case-Liberia presented to Dr. Browne a laptop that has greatly enhanced his work at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).

The supplies were presented to CASE-Liberia’s senior staff Atty. Alfred Mabu Brownell who pledged that the entity will sustain its support to health facilities and communities in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

He described CASE as a citizens’ initiative that is based on a two prong process which means working with local communities to ensure that they lead in realizing the goal of zero infection and transmission of the disease.

He also disclosed that CASE-Liberia has worked in the country for the past four months and the entity comprises civil society groups such as Green Advocates.

Atty. Brown warned that until Liberians and partners can do the best mobilization to sensitize citizens against religious and traditional practices that spread the virus, Ebola is far from over.

In response, the Coordinator of the Catholic Health Secretariat, Mrs. Yah Wynngausi,  applauded “the dedicated, resilient and committed health workers that braved the storm and risked their lives to save the lives of many people during the height of the Ebola crisis.”

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