Amid numerous challenges the health sector faces in Liberia, at least 5 counties are expected to benefit from a huge consignment of medical supplies from the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL).
The kind gesture, which is worth about US$40,000, is being made possible through the kind courtesy of LCL national and international partners.
The various health facilities that are expected to benefit from the huge food and non-food items, as well as medical supplies, include Phebe Hospital in Bong County, the Redemption Hospital in Montserrado County, and the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County, among others.
Speaking at the handover ceremony on July 3, 2020, in Bong County, LCL health Coordinator Sue Kargboye said as part of efforts to help in the fight against COVID-19 in Liberia the church saw that it was necessary to give out medical supplies to health centers in five counties, beginning with the Phebe Hospital and subsequently to Lofa, Nimba and Gbarpolu counties.
Madam Kargboye told reporters that some of the health facilities that have begun benefiting from the donation include Redemption Hospital, in Montserrado, as well as the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi County.
She said apart from the food and other items, LCL as a church is also giving out PIC and other medical supplies to institutions. “Apart from the hospitals, we are giving out to clinics in each of these counties,” she said.
She indicated that the C. B. Dunbar Memorial Hospital, the Agape, is owned by the Episcopalians; Totota Clinic, Salala Clinic, Palala clinic, and the hospital in Saclapea is also part of the donations.
In Margibi County, she added that they are reaching out to the less fortunate and the vulnerable. “The Pentecostal hospital in Voinjama and Foya will benefit, we will soon be supporting the Precautionary Observation Center (POC) in Montserrado County with PIC and food supplies,” she said.
Meanwhile, LCL Bishop Rev. Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo said the kind gesture was also intended to encourage the management of Phebe and other health care workers.
“This is not our first time to do such. In 2014, we worked with the management of Phebe to ensure that Ebola was eradicated from Liberia. We have come again to join the fight in these difficult times,” Bishop Seyenkulo said.
Bishop Seyenkulo said right now the pandemic is a global one and, as such, everyone must work together to defeat the invisible enemy.
He further recalled that LCL during the Ebola crisis was able to give incentive to health care workers and doctors who were in the fight. But due to the global pandemic, they can no longer do more than this. “Unfortunately, this time the virus has attacked where we use to get our support,” he said.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in Liberia, Bishop Seyenkulo said LCL launched a self-health project and have appealed to partners for support. Based upon the LCL’s request, several donations were made available to the management of Phebe hospital so that they can reach other health facilities.
“We would not have done this if it had not been for the same people. This time around they came at a very lower scale; however, we want to say little is much when God is in it,” the Bishop added.
Mr. Victor Padmore, administrator at Phebe, however, lauded the LCL’s donation and described it as essential to the fight against the coronavirus.
Mr. Padmore recounted the numerous support the LCL’s family has been rendering to the Phebe hospital. He said in times like these health workers always look up to the church for help and this was in the right direction.
“It had not been easy here at Phebe, especially at the time of this health crisis,” he said.
Mr. Padmore has confirmed media reports that the Phebe hospital has partially closed because some of its staff tested positive for coronavirus.
It may be recalled that in late June 2020 there were media reports that the Phebe management had temporarily close due to a lack of electricity.
“When we announced that some of our staff had contracted the virus we decided to relocate all patients to disinfect the place for some time. But we are working hard to ensure that the POC is completed anytime next week,” he stated.