MONROVIA, Liberia – One of Monrovia’s most under-equipped health facilities, Redemption Hospital, received several medical supplies worth $50,000 USD on Feb. 26, to strengthen it to meet public health demands.
According to the officials, the donation was made by the Brother’s Brother Foundation, an organization based in the US.
Redemption Hospital is located on the densely populated Bushrod Island and caters to the health needs of tens of thousands of people per month. It was where the first Ebola patient and hundreds more died during the second outbreak of the virus in June 2014.
BBF stated it was moved to help the hospital because of the crucial role it plays in saving lives in the midst of daunting challenges. Its donation is a part of its efforts to develop the country’s shanty healthcare system and to fight against the Ebola virus that has claimed more than 4,000 lives in Liberia.
Presenting the donation on behalf of the group, Deputy Public Works Minister Jackson Paye said “the donation is their way of identifying with their brothers at home especially during this critical period, where the disease has ravaged the healthcare system of the country.”
Paye said the Ebola outbreak has exposed the weaknesses of the country’s healthcare system. As a result, it was crucial for BBF to contribute to improving the country.
Paye said that in the next few months, BBF will send another batch of drugs and medical supplies for other health facilities in the country.
Paye valued the medical supplies at $50,000 USD. He explained that some of the items were donated by charity organizations, as well as individuals in the United States.
Additionally, Paye noted that this was not the first time that such an initiative had been carried out by BBF. He recalled that during the civil war, the foundation donated food and non-food items to support the suffering masses.
Receiving the donation on behalf of Redemption Hospital, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Mohammed Sankor said he was overwhelmed by the sensitivity of BBF for providing to the country at a time when every fabric of Liberian society is broken down due to the Ebola outbreak.
He also thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her lieutenants and development partners for their farsightedness in fighting the disease.
Sankor called for Liberians abroad to emulate BBF while stressing that there are a lot more challenges facing Liberia.
Sankor urged Paye to express the hospital administration’s gratitude to Liberians residing in Florida for the donation.
Some of the items donated included drapes, towel cloths, patient transport chairs, and surgical gowns.