MONROVIA-Construction of the first modern clinic in Gbapa near Yekepa Township in Nimba is nearing completion, following ArcelorMittal Liberia’s US$85,000 contribution, to the project.
Since its existence, Gbapa has lacked a basic health facility for its more than 7,000 inhabitants, who travel a long distance to access healthcare services.
In addressing this situation, ArcelorMittal Liberia in a partnership with the town committed US$85,000 to fund the construction of a modern health facility. Residents of the town also accepted to take responsibility for the workmanship and provide local materials, including sand and crushed rocks.
Upon reaching the agreement with the locals, AML provided an initial amount of US$50,000 worth of building materials and delivered the remaining US$35,000 in cash, on May 23.
With this contribution, the construction of the health center is now approaching completion, with plumbing, ceiling, electrification, and plastering works currently ongoing.
Former Posts and Telecommunication Minister, Dr. Fredrick Norkeh who also resides in Gbapa is the head of the clinic construction project, representing the community. He said the project is a 24-room facility that will be apportioned into different sections.
“It is a health center because it will have many areas where different functions will take place including maternity care,” Dr. Norkeh said.
He lauded AML for delivering fully on its commitment, to the people of Gbapa.
The project chairman recounted two incidents in the town on July 7 that resulted in the deaths of two community residents, and stressed the importance of the health center project, nothing that people would not have to lose their lives to curable illnesses. He promised to work to ensure the successful completion of the project.
“The work should be completed in six months. In fact, by October or November, you will see a different form of the clinic project,” he said.
The head contractor, Cyrus G. Quoi also assured that the project will be completed by September, earlier than was earlier projected.
Dr. Norkeh called on the government to contribute as the center, when fully operational, will also serve the people of surrounding towns and communities.