-Chief Of Staff Describes Construction of 1st Military Hospital
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), General Prince C. Johnson has termed as complete victory for the men and women in arms, the construction of the 14 Military Hospital.
AFL Chief of Staff, Prince C. Johnson, III
The President George Weah is building a over 200-bedroom medical facilities in Schiefflin for the AFL and other security officers.
Chief of Staff Johnson, who appeared on the Liberia Broadcasting System or ELBC last week, said the construction of the hospital was a long-term projection for personnel of the AFL, upon retirement from service.
He quoted Chapter 10.1 of the National Defense Act which states “it is the responsibility of the Government of Liberia to provide medical and hospital for officers of the AFL in the country.”
“This hospital construction is a long-term projection and a victory for our soldiers when they shall have retired from the service; they will have somewhere to go for their medical,” he said.
General Johnson disclosed that AFL personnel currently pay US$11.25 monthly for medical care at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center; something he said would be minimized upon the completion of this facility.
Johnson said Liberians needed to understand that the hospital facility is a long-term benefit for AFL personnel, as it could avoid ex-soldiers getting into the streets upon retirement.
“Let the Liberian people understand that what President George Weah is doing is a projection for the future so that we cannot have the repeat of ex-service men jumping into the streets and causing problem,” the COS observed.
Also, COS Johnson disclosed that the AFL was currently in talks with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to provide a space for the construction of housing unit for personal of the AFL.
The plan is aimed at alleviating the issue of dwelling places for ex-service men upon their retirement and to also avoid the continuous protest by ex-soldiers.
President Weah recently laid the first brick to kick start the construction of the 14 Military Hospital, which reminisces the ’14 Jersey’ he wore as player of the National Football Team.
According to him, the project is in fulfillment of promise he made to officers of the AFL at the last celebration of the Armed Forces Day, February 11, 2018.