The United States Government, through its Department of Defense, has turned over medical equipment that worth over US$40,000 to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
The equipment includes: an X-Ray machine, beds, operating tables, equipment for testing HIV/AIDS, examination lights, and orthopedic and pediatric equipment among other supplies.
The turning-over ceremony was held on October 30 at the Edward Binyah Kesselley Barracks Medical Clinic, and it was witnessed by officials of government from the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Ministry of Defense, and representatives from the United Nations.
In her keynote statement, US Ambassador Deborah Malac acknowledged that the United States is noted for international collaboration and partnerships in the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide, and the donation was a continuation of the gesture.
Ambassador Malac intoned that the equipment presented to the AFL was the work of the U.S. Embassy, the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
She indicated that her country was pleased to continue the collaboration with members of the Armed Forces of Liberia and to provide care for those who have been tested.
Recalling other past events, Ambassador Malac said, “Since the establishment of the Armed Forces of Liberia’s HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in 2009, the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program has provided training and education to the AFL with the goal of reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS and eventually promoting and maintaining an HIV/AIDS free generation.
In addition to the old existing clinic at the barracks, the government through the Defense Ministry has built a new clinic to host as many patients as possible.
The U.S. Ambassador in her comment on the unfolding development noted that this has been the vision of the AFL, and seeing the building standing and hosting the newly-delivered equipment, was a fulfillment of a promise and a dream on the part of the AFL.
She said the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS program largely focuses on prevention of the disease but they are also concerned with the continued health and well-being of the members of the armed forces and their families.
Defense officials at the program including Dr. Josiah T. George and Deputy Minister for Administration, MOD, commended the U.S. Government for the gesture and vowed to make maximum use of the equipment for the benefit of the targeted group.
Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, lauded the U.S. Government and noted that the MOHSW will liaise with the AFL in ensuring that adequate healthcare is provided to members of the AFL as the equipment and work for which they are intended, directly involves his ministry.