The Jackson Fiah Doe (JFD) Referral Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, on Friday, May 11, inaugurated two new annexes, to provide resilient health services to the people. The services propose the health system as an opportunity for ensuring effective and adequate financing of emergency health programs
The two annexes include an Out-Patient Department (OPD) and a sophisticated laboratory, which is considered as a regional referral laboratory. The laboratory contains a compartment for the installation of an MRI Machine, which is one of the most powerful scanning machines.
According to Acting CEO Dr. James A. Sobboh the idea for the construction of the OPD came after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus, when the leadership of Liberia, especially those in the health sector, resorted to building separate triages to hospitals as a means of quick assessment of patients, isolating those with features of certain highly contagious diseases from entering the main hospital.
He said that is how the JFD got the OPD constructed, funded by Fael Khair Foundation and the Islamic Development Bank (IBD). The money for the construction of these two annexes was provided by the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
The project was implemented by United Nations Organization for Project Services/UNOPs and constructed by Liberian construction firm Stone Construction Company.
The two annexes were dedicated without furniture or equipment, especially where the MRI is to be installed, but the regional director of IDB Sidi Mohammed has promised to provide all needed furniture and materials to make the two annexes vibrant.
He said the IDB, with funding from King Abdullah Foundation, will also provide a transformer to provide the needed electricity for the hospital from WAPP line.
“Liberia is not a member of the Islamic Development Bank, but recognizing our common humanity, it was decided that Liberia benefits from their goodwill philanthropy,” Dr. Sobboh said.
The occasion was attended by high ranking health officials, including Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Deputy Minister/Chief Medical Officer of Liberia Dr. Francis Kateh, among other officials of local government as well as UNOPs Country Director, the Islamic Development Bank, and King Abdullah Foundation.