Liberia: Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Praises Health Sector

The New Republic Liberia Monrovia Reuben Sei Waylaun
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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed happiness over the manner and forms the health system of the country is improving after the Ebola crisis in the country.

Making special remarks over the weekend at the dedication and hand over of the new ELWA Hospital, the Liberian leader said the construction of the hospital by Samaritan’s Purse International transcends everything the country is fighting to get.

The Liberian chief executive however acknowledged that there is no facility in the world that can cure everything, but said the country is getting to where it supposed to be in the health sector.

« Today we can proudly say that we have something that compares to any order not only in our region, but in the world, » she said. « Having been subjected to calamity, we can rise up again and begin to pursue the goals that we have set with peace and prosperity. We have the determination to move forward and indeed, Liberia is rising, » she added.

President Sirleaf also praised the contributions of Samaritan’s Purse as a result of the ‘monumental relationship’ with Liberia. According to her, Samaritan’s Purse demonstrated a true partnership during the Ebola crisis in the country by constructing Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), developing airstrips among others.

She also recounted the numerous contributions of ELWA hospital since its establishment and the significant roles played during the Ebola outbreak in the country.

Speaking on the sideline of the program, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh said he is very impressed with the construction of the hospital because majority of what they are targeting as part of the resilient health package are in the hospital.

« When we talk about resilient in the health system, we are talking about something that is happening. What is good about this hospital is that it has taken into consideration what we called Infection prevention and control (IPC) and it is space up enough. The flexibility of interacting with the patients from one unit to the other now available, » Dr. Kateh said.

The CMO lauded the efforts of Samaritan’s Purse and the ELWA Hospital for the hospital and assured them that it can be modified similar design in the other counties.

« I am very proud because this is an excellent job that has been done and happy that it was done by a Liberian contractor, » he added. For his part, the Medical Director at the ELWA Hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown said the construction of the hospital is historic to the people of ELWA and Liberia at large.

« For too long we have lost our love ones to curable diseases and with the construction of the hospital let’s begin to look beyond and provide better health to our people. Some of the curable diseases that took the lives of our people will not be repeated, » he noted.

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