LIONS Club Donates Big To Ebola Fight

The Lions Clubs International (“the Club”) through District 403A2 has again made a donation of a 40-foot container of assorted materials and equipment and a Peugeot Ambulance to the Government and People of Liberia in their fight against the Ebola virus.

The donation is in fulfillment of District Governor, Diamilatou S. AKA-Anghui’s pledge to the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on August 20, 2014 to assist the Government and People of Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus.

The container arrived since December 27, 2014, awaiting release from the Free Port of Monrovia by the Incident Management System, Ministry of Health. It was just cleared from the Port on the evening of February 12, 2015.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Club has again identified the James N. Davies Hospital located in Nezoe, Paynesville, Montserrado County and the St. Timothy Hospital and other Medical facilities in Robertsport, Cape Mount County as beneficiaries of these supplies and equipment while the ELWA Hospital will receive the Peugeot Ambulance.

The presentation of these materials and equipment to the Centers will be made to the representatives of these Centers at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Congo Town at 12noon on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

The donation which is a goodwill gesture from Medico Lions Club of France includes 1 Peugeot Ambulance, 22 mattresses for hospital beds, 18 hospital beds, 1 big size examination table, 28 cartons of gowns, 100 cartons of surgical tunics, 160,000 hygienic gloves, 35,000 hoods, 38,880 antiseptic glasses, clothing and other medical supplies.

Presenting the tiems, Cllr. Dickson Doe, Zonal Chair Lions Clubs District 403 A 2 said the donation is in fulfillment of the organization’s pledge to assist the Government and People of Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease(EVD).

Receiving the items on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Deputy Health Minister for Administration, Mr. Mathew Flomo lauded the Lions Club for its numerous donations to government in the fight against Ebola.

He promised to ensure that the items will undoubtedl be used for the intended purpose as the country is fighting to resucitate the overwhelmed health sector of the country.

Receiving the Ambulance on behalf of the ELWA Hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown noted that the Ambulance came at a time when the hospital was in dire need of an ambualance to transport patients who are being taken to the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) but later discovered not to be Ebola-related patients.

Dr. Brown praised the Lions Club for its humanitarian efforts taking into account its numerous contributions in the fight against this demonic Ebola plague.

Dr. YattaSackieWapoe of the James N. Davies Jr. Memorial Hospital and Dr. Luarine Cooper, the County Health Officer of Grand Cape Mount County received assorted drugs and equipment on behalf of their respective institutions.

Also speakiong at the occasion, the Ambassador of France to Liberia, Joel Godeau paid tribute to Liberians and the International Health workers that are involved in the reconstruction of Liberia’s health delivery system as the country is recovering , following the deadly outbreak of Ebola.

He assured Liberians that the French people, in particular through humanitarian associations Like Medico Lions Club of France will remain alongside the Liberian people.

Since the outbreak of the disease, the Lions Clubs of Liberia, an integral part of Lions Clubs International, has been actively involved in helping the People of Liberia fight the virus.

On August 6, 2014, the Lions Clubs of Liberia visited the Christian Association of the Blind, United Association of the Blind, ELWA Hospital, Old Folks Home, School of Deaf and Dump and School of the Blind to distribute an assortment of sanitation items. On September 27, 2014, the Lions travelled to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to identify with the Government Hospital and the local chapter of the Christian Association of the Blind and donated food stuffs, clothing and sanitation items.

Again on October 03, 2014, the Lions visited the John F. Kennedy Ebola Center, the United Association of the Blind and the ELWA Ebola Center and distributed similar items. On November 18, 2014, the Lions donated an assortment of medical supplies and equipment to the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital and the St. Timothy Hospital and other medical facilities in Grand Cape Mount County.

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