-Initiative kicks-off in GSA Road Community
The Samuel Jacobs Foundation (SJF) over the past began providing free medical services to residents of underprivileged communities in District #6, Montserrado County—beginning with the GSA Road Community. The district has over 20,000 residents.
The intervention is intended to address disruption in health care service been affected greatly by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Treatment services for regular or common sicknesses like malaria, Cholera, diarrhea, typhoid and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a WHO survey conducted last year.
The survey, which was completed by 155 countries, confirmed that the impact is global, but that low-income countries like Liberia are most affected.
The Samuel Jacobs Foundation is working in collaboration with Taking Health Beyond and the Mertu Diagnostic Mobile Laboratory to carry out the medical outreach as a way of catering to people with severe medical conditions.
The ongoing exercise is focused on the treatment of sicknesses that are more prevalent, such as malaria, typhoid, chloride and diarrhea as well as infections.
The organizers disclosed that the initiative will eventually lead to the establishment of mobile clinic within the district, and an ambulance will be provided to the district community for residents who are unable to access health facilities.
Speaking during the launch of the outreach at the YMCA School in the GSA Community, the Secretary General of the foundation, Jeriod T. Tidoe, said the outreach is expected to cover 20, 000 plus residents including children, the elderly and young women among others across the district.
“We have started here in the GSA Road Community today, but these services will be extended to other communities subsequently. Our next community is the Thinker Village community,” Tidoe noted.
He lauded the residents for turning out in their numbers to receive what could be considered as routine treatments, but has been lacking for the past few months due to fear pose by COVID-19 outbreak.
“The outbreak has made many people afraid to access medical facilities for treatment. So we want to come to them in their communities,” he noted.
According to Tidoe, the foundation was founded with the aim of providing rendering assistance to the underprivileged in the country, especially District #6 where the benefactor is a resident.
“We are grateful that our CEO is working with others to provide health services to our people. Our people really need this and we will reach to them with our services,” he said.
An Executive of Mertu Diagnostic Mobile Laboratory, Dr. Finney George Ojong, termed the exercise as a worthy initiative that will go a long way in bringing relief to many residents.
Dr. Ojong lauded the foundation for contacting them for the initiative which they said is meant to cater to the health needs of thousands of underprivileged Liberians.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Taking Health Beyond, Glorious Doe, said in addition to the services being rendered to resident, outreach will go a long way in solidifying the relationship between the foundation and its partners.
Many of the beneficiaries lauded the foundation and its partners for the initiative. “I think this initiative could not have come at a better time. We are very grateful to Mr. Samuel Jacobs and his people for coming to help us. This is indeed laudable,” one of the beneficiaries said.