Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, V. Murvee Gray, over the weekend honored five health workers and a health center for their exemplary contributions in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on Sunday, October 26.
The honorees reside on 12th Street and the health center, God’s Grace Laboratory Clinic, is also located on 12th Street Sinkor, Monrovia.
Those who received the first-of-its-kind certificate of appreciation were: Mr. Zazay S. Yekey, officer-in-charge and Physician Assistant and Madam Alice D. Kollie, midwife, both from the God’s Grace Medical Laboratory Clinic; Siafa Gibson, operation room’s nurse of the SDA Cooper Hospital; Mrs. Roseline N. Ballah, a Registered Nurse at the Liberian Red Cross Dead Body Management Department and Madam Melvina Williams, a Registered Nurse and midwife of the James N. Davis Memorial Hospital.
Presenting their certificates, Minister Gray said the initiative is aimed to honor the lifesaving work of health workers in Liberia, but especially those who are residing in his community.
“We could not be more thrilled than appreciating our health workers amidst the decline of the Ebola virus and we are happy to at least honor the first five of many dedicated health workers in our community for sacrificing their lives to save lives,” the longest senior Sports Minister said.
Minister Gray said program was his initiative to celebrate the health profession and the exceptional healthcare professionals for their contributions to society.
In response, Mrs. Ballah thanked Mr. Gray for the appreciation and urged other public officials to emulate his example.
The 12th Street Sinkor Community leader, Michael Wilson also expressed his satisfaction for the honor and described health workers as heroes.
Minister Gray’s initiative comes after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored 15 prominent Liberians for their exemplary contributions to Liberia and humanity over the years.
They included former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, Ambassador Wesley Momo Johnson, the granddaughter of former President Hilary R.W Johnson, Madam Catherine E. Johnson, Madam Theresa Leigh Sherman, Madam Joanna Coleman George, Madam Lucretia Jeneba Thomas, Madam Patricia N.C Logan and Mr. William T. Bruce Sr.
The rest were the Very Reverend Emmanuel W. Johnson, Mr. William Wu, Hon. T. Edward Liberty, Mr. Samuel Mitchell, Mr. Gabriel N. Wilson, Brigadier General Richard K. Wright, Madam Lusu Klubo Sloan, Mr. Jackson M. Suah, Mr. Aaron Loila and Rev. Samuel Kpadia.
She also bestowed posthumous honors on Ugandan doctor, Sam Mutooro Muhumuza, and all other health workers affected by Ebola while discharging their duties in Liberia, along with the World Health Organization.