Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the International Charity Samaritan’s Purse and its Liberian Partner Eternal Love Wining Africa (ELWA) Hospital for their immense support to Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has claimed more than 3,000 lives in the country.
Vice President Boakai said during the outbreak of the Ebola virus in March last year in the country, Samaritan’s Purse was one of first international humanitarian organizations that began partnering with the Government of Liberia in fighting the epidemic. The Liberian Vice President cited the manifold worthwhile projects that the Samaritan’s Purse has undertaken in Liberia, including the ongoing construction of a 100-bed hospital complex in Paynesville. He also recalled the Philanthropic Organization’s invaluable gesture in renovating and refurbishing several local airstrips in Liberia, including the Foya Airstrip which the Vice President dedicated in July 2013.
Vice President Boakai made the recognition over the weekend at his Rehab Residence in Paynesville when he hosted a farewell dinner in honor of departing Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) Country Director Will Elphick, who has ended his tour of duty as Country Director. Vice President Boakai praised Mr. Elphick for his diligent services to Liberia, for which the Vice President noted he will always be remembered. The SIM, the parent organization of ELWA, is currently constructing a modern radio-television studio on the main campus of ELWA. Honorable Boakai serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Elphick, reminding them to take Liberia as their home to which they were always welcome.
Speaking further, Vice President Boakai acknowledged his Government’s long standing relationship with the SIM and Samaritan’s Purse, reaffirming the Government’s continued commitment to cooperating with them.
Honorable Boakai gave specific note of gratitude to the Samaritan’s Purse for being the first to have constructed an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia, adding that the philanthropic Organization, the ELWA Hospital and other medical institutions have helped greatly in the reduction in cases of Ebola in the country.
In response, Mr. Will Elphick thanked Vice President Boakai, the Government and people of Liberia for their support over the years. He also thanked the staff of ELWA Hospital for the cooperation given him as head of that Institution.
For his part, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Matthew Flomo, who represented the Minister of Health, expressed his Ministry’s thanks and appreciation to Samaritan’s Purse for the Charity’s continued support in the fight against Ebola in Liberia. The Deputy Minister made special emphasis on the bringing into the country of a 747 jet plane loaded with Ebola preventive materials for distribution to hospitals across the country.
The dinner was graced by a representative leadership group of Ministry of Health, the ELWA Hospital and the Samaritan’s Purse were guests at a dinner tendered in their honor at the residence of the Vice President on the evening of Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Among other key personalities who graced the occasion were Samaritan’s Purse Acting Country Director Dorothy Blie, Assistant Health Minister & Head of the Incident Management System Tolbert Nyenswah, Incident Management System Logistics Coordinator James Dorbor Jallah, ELWA’s Dr. Joseph Wankolie, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” Dr. Jerry Brown of ELWA, International medical Staff at ELWA & Ebola Survivor Dr. Rick Sacra, as well as Ebola Vaccine Study (PREVAIL) Co-Investigators Dr. Stephen Kennedy and Dr. Fatorma Bolay.