CARITAS Senegal in partnership with the Bridgeway Corporation and Philip Morris has donated a Ford Ambulance and a Mitsubishi Pick-up to the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia.
Making the presentation over the weekend at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Bridgeway Corporation General Manager, Giorgio Steven A. Haddad, expressed gratitude for the donation on behalf of other partners in the continuous fight against the Ebola virus. He however indicated that the donated items can also be used in other medical activities.
“I hope that the ambulance and the pick-up will be used for the intended purpose so that the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other diseases can be successful,” he said.
Receiving the donated items on behalf of Rev. Father Patrick Kabba, National Coordinator, Caritas
Liberia in a statement read by Andrea Stelder, Emergency Accompanier, CORDDAID/ CARITAS Liberia indicated that the National Catholic Health Council (NCHC), the Justice and Peace Council (JPC) and Caritas Liberia are jointly implementing the Ebola Response of the Catholic Church of Liberia.
As such, the statement said that the ambulance is earmarked to serve the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital and that the pick-up will be used by Caritas Liberia in its current Ebola response program as well as in the upcoming new projects to mitigate the social and economic aftermath of the Ebola crisis.
According to the statement, Caritas Liberia is the social development organization of the Catholic Church of Liberia therefore it regards the donation of the two vehicles by Caritas Senegal as special because it represents South- South solidarity where African Nations care for their brothers. The statement further stated that Caritas Liberia’s members from Europe, America and Asia including organizations that are affiliated with the Catholic Church have contributed funds for the nation-wide Caritas Ebola Response Program.
It also recounted that the National Catholic Health Council (NCHC) has been on the forefront of the health sector response through the Catholic Clinics in Liberia; there were fourteen out of eighteen health facilities that remained opened during the Ebola crisis even though some health workers were hard hit but the Catholic Health facilities worked relentlessly and courageously to provide the much needed services to the population at the time, according to the statement.
For her part, Madam Cuallau Jabba- Howe, Director, Family Health Division, Ministry of Health informed the gathering that 2013 statistics show that Liberia has high rate of maternal mortality ( 72 out of 100,000 ) women died also that the neonatal rate being (26 out of 1000) children died.
She said that late referral is mostly responsible for the death of patients but the timely donation will undoubtedly help to address some of the challenges such as mobility faced by the health sector.