The Minister of National Defense, Maj. /Gen. Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr. (Rtd.), has praised the Government and people of India for their numerous contributions towards the development agenda of Liberia, especially the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
According to a release from the Defense Ministry, the Minister said India’s contributions to the AFL have helped the force become a “Force for good.”
The Minister made the acknowledgment on Thursday, January 21, 2020, at the 14 Military Hospital during the unveiling and naming ceremony of the Shanti Block which was financed by the Government and people of India.
The Shanti Block is an emergency annex to the 14 Military Hospital with a modern surgical theater, which contains a thirty-bed capacity with associated offices.
For his part, the Indian Ambassador accredited to Liberia with residency in Ghana, Sailas Thangal, expressed joy to be a part of the unveiling and naming ceremony of the Shanti Block at the 14 Military Hospital.
He said the unveiling and naming of the Shanti Block plays a significant role in the collaboration and cooperation between India and Liberia. According to him, health is very important in the existence of mankind, describing it as wealth.
Ambassador Thangal used the occasion to applaud Shri Upjit Singh Sachdeva, India’s Honorary Consul-General to Liberia, for his unmatched humanitarian and developmental contributions to the people of Liberia.
Mr. Sachdeva, popularly Jeety, has in recent times provided hot meals to vulnerable people referred to as “Zogos” and inmates detained at the Monrovia Central Prison.
The Ambassador also thanked those who have contributed immensely to the successful construction of the 14 Military Hospital, adding that though the hospital is yet to be dedicated, it has contributed significantly to the health needs of the general public by opening its doors in catering to Covid-19 patients.