The Chinese medical team officially operating in Liberia yesterday donated consignments of assorted medicines and medical equipment to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.
Medicines the Chinese donated included conventional antibiotics, medicines for heart diseases, endocrine and or medicines for gas as well as drugs for hepatitis ‘B’ (yellow jaundice) and HIV/AIDS.
Among the instruments donated are those for the eyes, pregnant women and bone operations. The cost of the items is estimated at RMB Yuan 280,000 (about US$41,791).
Yesterday’s donation is in consonance with a protocol signed between the governments of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China to assist Liberia’s health sector every year.
The protocol also calls for yearly services by a group of medical personnel from China that specializes in various medical areas including women’s health, internal medicine, bone surgery, eyes, acupuncture and specialized medical diagnosis (ultrasound).
The current Chinese Team that took over in October 2015 is the ninth group operating at the JFK.
At a brief ceremony marking the donation, the leader of the Chinese Medical Team, Sun Lijuan, said since her 9-member team started operation in the country last October, they have actively carried out services in the spirit of humanity and strictly performed the sacred duty of saving lives.
“We carried out medical work smoothly and provided convenient and proper medication for the local people,” Ms. Sun said.
She added that in this year, members of the Chinese Medical Team, regardless of the condition, will continue to meaningfully save lives with “boundless love.”
“We will live up to expectations, dedicate ourselves and make every effort for the restoration of Liberia’s health care delivery system to substantiate China-Liberia friendship,” she said.
Shortly after the donation ceremony, the Chief Medical Officer of JFK, Dr. Billy Johnson, told reporters that if help from the Chinese Medical Team and other partners were not forthcoming, there would have been a gap in the country’s healthcare delivery system.
He said besides the materials and medicines, staff at JFK are immensely benefiting from their Chinese counterparts “because there is knowledge exchange and students are leaving Liberia to learn in China, and will return to provide services.”
Dr. Samson A. Arzoaquoi, Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, commended the Chinese Medical Team and stressed that assistance from China and other partners enables Liberian health practitioners to tackle any outbreak, including the just ended Ebola epidemic.
Earlier in her welcoming statement, JFK Chief Administrator, Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott McDonald, expressed gratitude to the Chinese Medical Team for their assistance to the hospital.
She commended the Chinese government and the medical team for the role played in helping to improve Liberia’s healthcare system.