At least five hospitals and clinics in the commercial city of Ganta in Nimba County are now breathing a sigh of relief after benefiting from a huge donation of medical supplies from the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Clar Marie Weah.
Those heath facilities that received the donations are the Ganta Rehabilitation Center, the Ganta United Methodist and E & J Hospitals, the Equip-Liberia Clinic and the Ganta Community Clinic in Gbloryee and each received a consignment of assorted medical supplies recently.
According to a release, the donation is an initiative of the First Lady and her way of buttressing government’s efforts in addressing challenges in the health sector purely out of love for Liberians across the country.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Ganta, the head of protocol in the office of the First Lady, Miss Najet Akar said the gesture was in response to the pressing needs Madam Weah observed when she visited Ganta in May this year. “The First Lady wants you to know that she cares and thinks about you every day; this is why she has sent us here to bring these medical supplies to you,” Miss Akar told the beneficiaries.
At the same time, Nimba County Superintendent Dorr Cooper who also accompanied the team, praised the First Lady not just for the medical supplies, but also for always remembering the people of Nimba County. He recounted the First Lady’s recent visit to the county and the numerous initiatives she has earmarked on in the area in short time.
In separate remarks, the head and employees of the various medical institutions expressed gratitude to Madam Clar Weah for the gesture and promised to use materials received wisely.
Another recipient who was grateful to the Liberian first lady is the acting head of the Ganta Equip-Liberia Clinic, Madam Lucy Sayedeh who articulated that she could not believe the wife of a sitting Liberian President would show such concern for them when they do not even know her.
“It was too surprising to me when I saw the cars coming in. I was shocked and I started to ask what was really going on”, Madam Sayedeh spoke with excitement. She described the donation as a great relief to the clinic, adding the clinic was already running out of essential medical supplies.
Also receiving supplies on behalf of the Ganta Community Clinic, the acting officer-in-charge, Grace Yanweh also expressed gratitude to the First Lady.
“We are very, very happy because for quite a long period of time we have been out of drugs. Writing prescriptions for patients makes them feel bad and many of them can stop seeking medical treatment at this facility,” Grace asserted.
At the same time, the head of the Ganta Rehabilitation Center, a facility which caters to persons suffering from leprosy, tuberculosis and severe wounds, Saah Brima could not control his overwhelming joy.
“These things that you brought would give us strength to do our work. We were totally down, short of materials and have been knocking at the doors of the Ministry of Health and other partners but to no avail’’, exclaimed Saah Boima.
Brima said the supplies would go a long way in helping to enable them attend to the wounds of those seeking care at their facilities.
The medical supplies included cartoons of bandages, wheelchairs, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), among others.