The proprietor and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Refuge Place Maternal Child and General Clinic, Dr. Musoka P. Fallah, on behalf of the clinical staff, has presented a second-hand new Nissan Pathfinder ambulance to the head of the Montserrado County Health Team (MCHT), Dr. Fred Amagashi.
Dr. Fallah is a Liberian who undertook his medical studies in the United States, but has since returned home to contribute “free of charge” to the rebuilding of the education and health sectors.
He is a visiting assistant professor at A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.
Dr. Fallah has extensive experience working in humanitarian crises with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia (MSF) during the heat of the Liberia civil war. He has over five years of experience in development work.
Dr. Fallah is currently working on a consultancy contract with a USAID-funded project to develop a program for the recruitment, training and deployment of community health officers.
His clinic is located in Bassa Town, Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia. It offers 100 percent “free medical services” to the over 4,672 inhabitants of the community, which contains about 560 houses.
The clinic, which operates on the motto, “Zero Deaths to Mothers and Children, was established last June, but was forced to shut down due to the unprecedented wave of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). It resumed full operations in October with 42 staffers that are divided into two groups; one of which is implementing the clinical outreach program, while the other works directly under the supervision of the officer-in-charge
The ambulance presented yesterday, marked NG 0456, is valued at US$8,000. It was presented to Dr. Amagashi, Montserrado County Officer. The van is to be used by the MCHT mainly in the Gardnerville Community including Montserrado Electoral District #s 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
According to Dr. Fallah, the presentation of the ambulance is part of the Refuge Place Clinic Administration’s effort to identify with the government through the authorities of the Ministry of Health, for use by the MCHT.
“As a partner, we are happy that we intervened with relevant stakeholders during the Ebola fight even though we had some constrains since we are just a small partner, but we are concerned about maternal services. This is why we have presented the ambulance to bring the sick, but mainly the expected mothers to the nearby health facility when the need becomes necessary,” Dr. Fallah declared as he presented the van to Dr. Amagashi to a round of deafening applauses.
Refuge Place Clinic Officer-In-Charge (OIC), N’Chung Eben, who presented the keys of the ambulance to Dr. Amagashi, outlined some of the challenges in the health delivery system, especially in the area of maternal care. She expressed confidence that with the coming aboard of Dr. Fallah, her staff would endeavor to restore confidence in patients when it comes to administering of services at the Refuge Place Clinic.
Shortly after he received the ambulance, Dr. Amagashi said he was elated and gratified, while his assistant clinic supervisor, Levi O. Yarnay, described Dr. Fallah as someone who is not so strange, because he stood by the MOH during the Ebola fight last year.
Yarnay said Dr. Fallah was one of the doctors that introduced the newest and best practice health delivery services to Johnsonville; as well as established community engagement and active case findings, which supported the fight that led to Ebola eradication from Liberia.
Yesterday’s presentation ceremony was attended by an array of local officials, including the Gardnerville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kanneh.