The US-based medical organization, Chicago Global Health Alliance (CGHA), recently donated a 40-foot container of assorted medical items to three major health facilities in the country.
They are the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) and Redemption both in Monrovia, Montserrado County and Phebe in Bong County.
The items valued at US$703K include surgical, diagnostics and consumable medical goods.
According to Mr. Kenety Gee, Executive Director of CGHA, another shipment of a similar value is on its way with supplies to distribute to other health facilities in the country.
“This amount is just for the items within the container and does not include the cost of shipment and other expenses,” Gee added.
He stated that it was his organization’s way of identifying with the hospitals, adding: “We hope the donation will help to solve some of key health issues and go a long way to help people.”
Mr. Gee said that in 2013 he came to Liberia along with Dr. Adam Burphy, the board chair for CGHA and a Urologist, and they were allowed to do surgeries at the JFK hospital.
He recalled that during their work, they found out that some clinical and diagnostic equipment that were needed for some of the procedures were unavailable at the JFK.
“Some of the important equipment were not here at JFK so we were told to go to Phebe. We went to Phebe and they did have the equipment that we needed but they didn’t have many,” Gee said.
He, stated that despite that setback, “some procedures and some work were done. All of the procedures couldn’t be done either, so we went to Ganta United Methodist Hospital. We found that there was also a shortage. We came to Redemption and there were also shortages.”
Because of these impediments at those health facilities, Gee, who is a Liberian, said they decided that upon their return to the US, they would gather as many equipment as they could to bring back to Liberia. In addition to the consignments of equipment, he disclosed that his organization is also bringing back the medical team in order to perform surgeries on patients.
Speaking on behalf of JFK, Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, thanked Mr. Gee for the “substantial” donation to JFK and the other facilities. He said the items would be very helpful to JFK.
He reminisced that it was two years ago that Gee made them the promise of the medical supplies but he never thought it would happen.
Adding up the appreciation to CGHA, Mr. Kerson Saylor, Phebe Hospital representative, said it is only Liberians who can help in solving their country’s problems. He said looking at the manifest, he noticed on the list “some very important equipment” that they lack at Phebe.