NPA Donates to Health Centers in Buchanan

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The port authority of Liberia in continuation of its humanitarian support to health centers in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), has donated several assorted materials to the Government owned hospital and the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital as well as a local clinic in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

Hospital beds and beddings were among the items donated by the National Port Authority (NPA) on Sunday, October 26.

The NPA management also gave L$85,000 in support of a fundraising for the official launch of the Grand Bassa Traditional Ebola Awareness Video initiated by Grand County District # 3 Rep. Gabriel Smith in partnership with NPA and other institutions.

Speaking during the ceremony, NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker disclosed that 50% of the money for the Ebola awareness video was donated by the Dock Workers’ Union of Liberia.

She also commended the NPA workers for their innovation and thoughtfulness in ensuring that the hospital beds and beddings were ready for delivery to the needed health centers on time.

The Dock Workers Union of Liberia comprises the port workers of Liberia. The NPA boss, who was accompanied to Buchanan by the leadership of the Dock Workers Union and senior management staff, said the donation is NPA’s way of identifying with the health centers of the County.

According to Ministry of Health, Grand Bassa County has reported 36 Ebola deaths so far and the county now has fewer cases.

Madam Parker lauded the heath officials of Grand Bass County for their valuable sacrifices towards the eradication of the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The Ebola virus has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa and infected over 10,000, the World Health Organization says.

In a dispatch from Buchanan, Madam Parker urged the citizens to do more in the eradication of the disease.

The ceremony was attended by Grand Bassa County Officials, heads of the medical institutions and representatives of several institutions.

Buchanan is the second largest seaport in Liberia owned and controlled by the NPA.  NPA management considers Buchanan key and is seeking to develop its infrastructure to international standards.

On Friday, October 24, NPA also donated 10 beds and 20 beddings to Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga Bong County.

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