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The Jackson F. Doe (JFD) Referral Hospital has been awarded as the ‘Best Referral Hospital of the Year’ by an independent health organization under the banner The I-Help Liberia Medical Incorporated for its quality health delivery to Liberians foreign nationals within the territorial confines of the country and neighboring countries.
The organization, I-Help Liberia Medical Incorporated, is a Liberian based not-for-profit organization operated by graduates and former students of the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine who, over the course of their stay in the Medical School, were supported by the I-Help Liberia Project.
I-Help Liberia Medical is a daughter organization of the I-Help Liberia project, an international NGO based in New York City, the United States of America. The organization was founded in 2014 but gained legal status in 2018 and has been involved in providing minimum financial supports to some students at the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and responding to Medical Emergencies over the years as well as other community-based programs. The organization is made up of Doctors, Lawyers, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Students and others from various professional bodies.
In addition, the General Administrator of the Hospital, Mr. Abraham F. Jusu, was also named the ‘Hospital Administrator of the Year,’ while the Director for Nursing Services, Madam Nuajue Margaret Kear, was awarded the ‘Best Nursing Director of the Year.’
Speaking to the media following the award ceremony, Mr. Jusu expressed profound thanks and gratitude to the organization for going beyond all lenses to recognize the sacred role played by the JFD Hospital and staff to award them.
“I feel very proud and honored for what we have done over the time to have been noted by an independent group like I-Help,” said Jusu.
According to him, the JFD Hospital has over the years proven to be the most reliable center when it comes to good health delivery services due to policies that have been put in place coupled with the commitment of the hard-working staff.
“We have done a lot over the years. We took over at a time when there was no policy; and we formulated policies that got us to where we are today. We put in place financial policy, asset management policy, accommodation policy among others. We also realized that power was a challenge and we lobby and today, we got transformer that has since made power supply to be regular. We also expanded the hospital by opening a dental clinic. As we speak, an eye clinic is under construction and will be completed soon,” the JFD Hospital boss indicated.
“We have been able to purchase a lot of equipment, thus making us the most equipped referral in the country. We were able to get a hematology analyzer. We have been able to buy a new chemistry machine, we have done a lot and performed a lot,” he stated.
In the midst of the dangling financial constraint facing the health sector, Jusu disclosed that the Hospital has been able to make proper use of the PBF scheme, which many hospitals are benefiting from coupled with support from central government to make a difference in society.
“We are not strange in administration; we have been able to manage the hospital in Rivrcess County, and we came to make a difference. We know exactly what to do to serve our clients that they are able to come back whenever they are faced with similar problem,” he asserted.
“All of these couldn’t have been just possible without the government’s support. We want to thank the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning – it has done very well when it comes to the disbursement of funds to the hospital. I also want to thank the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, and Deputy Minister Nuwoe Howard for their opportunity given us to serve,” he lauded.
He added: “Currently we are fixing some challenges in the area of lodging. The hospital is embarking on a project that will help us get accommodation for our doctors, nurses, and others who have come down to Nimba to work. We also have some mobility issue, so we are going to ensure that this is going to be resolved. We have already drawn out a plan; a proposal and only waiting for sponsorship,” he added.
Mr. Abraham F. Jusu holds an MPA degree in Public Administration from the Sunyet-sen University Guanghou, China, and a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Monrovia Liberia. He also has to his credit several certificates and diplomas including a postgraduate diploma in Public Health and Hospital Administration.
For her part, Madam Nuajue Margaret Kear began her professional career in nursing after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Cuttington University in June 2012.
Her first job came immediately in August 2012 when she was employed as a staff nurse at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta City, Nimba County, working in the general adult wards and later the emergency department.
She got employed with the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in 2013.
Ms. Kear has served in several other capacities in and out of the hospital including Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) focal person at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital and one of the IPC trainers of Nimba County certified by WHO/CDC and MOH of Liberia; one of the clinical Mentors in the ACCEL (Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia) program in the hospital, and a CO-Lead on the Hospital’s Quality Improvement Team and a member of the Performance-Based Financing Team.
She was appointed in September 2018 as the Director of Nursing Services at the JFD Hospital following a competitive evaluation of her performances and professionalism, a position she serves currently.