Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph has disclosed that efforts are being made to get an air ambulance to help boost he country’s health sector.
The lawmaker who presently runs an ambulance service free-of-charge in the city, said the air ambulance, in the form of helicopter is valued at US12m, but because of negotiation, this has significantly been reduced to one million United States Dollars.
Speaking yesterday on the early morning program of VOICE FM, Rep. Joseph noted that the ambulance would be of great help as it would reduce the number of time one has to travel to seek medical treatment in other counties.
He said he has made a passionate plea to Liberians in the diaspora to contribute at least five United States dollars, while those at home may contribute one United States Dollars.
Rep. Joseph said he is happy that President Sirleaf has consented to this initiative and that those in the diaspora have committed themselves to this. “This is a Liberian initiative, ”Rep. Joseph intimated.
A major concern of somecallers on yesterday program was maintenance. Some said the idea is good, but that this is not a priority. Others said this could be capital-intensive to maintain, therefore, it was not feasible at this time. One suggested that if any funds would be collected towards this, it should go to health workers.
To these, the honorable lawmaker shared the concern of the callers and said the government can tap on the expertise of Samaritan Purse which has similar project or some international partners.
The Montserrado County Lawmaker, who has been praised by the public for his role in combating the Ebola virus, disclosed that contacts are also being made to have ambulance for each district in the country.
He said his colleagues have consented to help with the shipment if they are available. “It is expensive, but life is more important,” he pointed out.
Rep. Joseph said, “At this time of crisis, it is necessary that the country begin to concentrate on those things to bring about improvement, so that the country would be prepared, should Ebola leave to deal with any future eventualities.”