Authorities of the Ministry of Health were the proud recipients from the World Health Organization (WHO), of three brand new ambulances which are among contributions of international health stakeholders to strengthen Liberia’s health sector.
The Land Cruiser jeeps, built for Liberia’s rough terrain, are expected to be used by three counties in the southeastern region, where the dirt roads are virtually impassable by ordinary vehicles during the rainy season and early dry season.
Speaking to journalists following the presentation, Mrs. Bentoe Zoeglay Tehaingue, WHO’s H6 Office Coordinator, said the ambulances cost at least US$160,000.
Mrs. Tehaingue said the vehicles were part of a package which included x-ray, ventilators, ultra sound and other equipment. Excluding the vehicles, the medical equipments are valued at over US$1 million, she intimated.
“These ambulances are aimed at improving the referral system. We have formally given three ambulances to River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland Counties,” she said, adding that the present donation was another set of three that are to be used by Gbarpolu, River Cess and Grand Cape Mount counties.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Peter Clement, Acting WHO Representative to Liberia, said that the ambulances have been donated to help save the lives of women, adding that no woman should die giving life.
Dr. Clement, who is the Emergency Humanitarian Assistant at WHO Office in Liberia, further stated that the ambulances were donated in order to minimize one of the challenges, lack of vehicles, facing the health system.
“The ambulances will help in making sure that women receive the necessary assistance in those remote counties just in case there is an emergency,” he added.
Responding, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, said one of the saddest things for him is seeing a mother losing her life while trying to give birth.
Dr. Kateh, who is the Deputy Minister for Health Services, promised that the vehicles will be used for their intended purpose and that they would be properly maintained.