Urgent Appeal: A Rescue for Victoria!

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Victoria Kehyebah, a 39-year-old mother of several children, is suffering from multiple bone injuries following a recent head-on collision the bike she was riding
had with another motorcycle along the Bahn-Buutuo highway.

We praise God that the young child she was nursing and carrying along on the motorbike was miraculously uninjured. But the mother sustained several broken bones, making life totally unbearable. Victoria says she cannot sleep at night, neither can she walk. Worse yet, her man, uncaring and unscrupulous as some of us men come, has left her, saying he does “not want a woman in her condition.”
He is probably too mean-spirited and shortsighted to realize that it could have been the other way around, with him in that exact situation. What would he have expected of his mistress? Should she, too, have left him in that painful, helpless condition?

Fortunately, the victim is still alive and they say “wherever there is life, there is hope.” We are, therefore, appealing to all people of goodwill to come soonest to Victoria’s rescue and help her get to Ghana for urgently needed surgery and treatment.

Senator Prince Johnson, Nimba’s leading politician, we are once again appealing to you to show leadership. Please bring Victoria to Monrovia and assist her in seeking urgently needed help. There are many, beginning with Nimba Legislators and businesspeople, who may be willing and able to pitch in, at least to buy the plane tickets for her and a nurse willing to accompany her to Ghana.

We are also appealing to other businesspeople and politicians in the country to reach out to Victoria and help her!

One thing this newspaper, the Daily Observer, pledges: we shall try to get her a birth certificate, if she does not already have one, and an ECOWAS passport.

We cannot, however, end this Editorial without asking the Ministry of Health (MOH), whose Minister chairs the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK), the Chief Medical Officer himself, Dr. Billy Johnson, and Chief Administrator, Dr. Wvannie-Mae McDonald, whether there is, for true, no hope for JFK again? Is it a permanent reality that we have truly LOST our Medical Center? Why must they all the time fail our critically ill patients—be they high government officials like the late Minister of State, Dr. Edward B. McClain, or our latest victim, Ms. Victoria Kehyebah, and force them to go to Ghana or South Africa before they can be rescued—or, as unfortunately in the case of Dr. McClain, get help when it is too late?

This government has been in power for 11 years now. Has it

not been long enough to fix JFK? What will the next President of Liberia tell us after six years in office—his first term? That it will take him nothing less than three terms of office to fix JFK? Then how long will it take to fix all the hospitals in the five original counties, or in the four new counties or in those subsequently created—Grand Kru, River Gee, Gbarpolu, Margibi?

How many Editorials has this newspaper not written urging GOL to take advantage of the numerous offers that our foreign partners, including the United States, China and the European Union, extended to us following the Ebola tragedy? Our Editorials constantly appealed to the MOH to come forward with a comprehensive plan to take immediate advantage of these generous offers. We understand that they have done so, but we see no concrete changes to indicate any clear sense of direction. Indeed, the development partners can offer to help; but if we Liberians have presented no plan, or fail to demonstrate the drive to implement it, what can the partners be expected to do?

Why, for example, has the JFK not made an effort to upgrade its dental clinic, and increased the availability of dentists fill the shoes of Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox? And why until now have we not another orthopedic surgeon besides Dr. Robert Kpoto, despite the fact that our Medical College each year puts out so many doctors? Do they not know that these great medics are members of a generation that is passing on? Who do they expect to fill the vacuum when they have left the stage?

We are sure that MOH and the JFK can themselves come up with “tangible excuses” in answer to these questions. Those are a dime a dozen.

Alas! Our patients, like Victoria Kehyebah, are NOT looking for excuses. They need help, and need it URGENTLY. Since JFK is still unable to provide it, we are appealing to all people of goodwill to reach out and help Victoria to reach Ghana quickly to get the help she desperately needs.

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