By Janjay F. Campbell
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged all Government Ministries and Agencies to pay an initial payment of US$5,000.00 towards a housing unit for fifty health workers.
Speaking at the official launching of “Home Ownership Campaign For Health Workers” that was held at the Bella Casa Hotel and organized by National Housing Authority (NHA) yesterday, President Sirleaf congratulated the fifty health workers and said that they deserve to own houses.
President Sirleaf who was the first to pick a winner name, read out the name from a piece of paper, a nurse from the Seventh Day Adventist Cooper Hospital by the name of Cynthia Gardner won US$5,000,00 that will be paid by NHA.
Madam Gardner won US$5,000.00 as initial deposit for the cost of the two bed room housing unit and it will be processed through a mortgage program with LBDI with a balance of US$6,000.00 over a period of 10 years.
Appreciating the nurses, Dr. Philip Ireland stressed what NHA has done for the health workers as a great gesture. Addressing the nurses he said, “NHA is doing this because you all were at the front saving lives and fighting the deadly Ebola virus.”
He mentioned that health workers are heroes and heroines in Liberia and he is proud that NHA is treating them as such. He further stated that it is very sad that some of the health workers who were at the front line are not around due to the Ebola virus.
Giving the overview of “Home Ownership Campaign For Health Workers”, Mr. Prince A. Wreh who is the Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the National Housing Authority said the Executive management team of the NHA has paid the amount of US5, 000.00 representing 45% of the cost of a two bed room housing unit valued at $11,000.00 within Brewerville City, Gobah Town, Monsterrado County for a qualified health worker.
Mr. Wreh stressed that health workers are very dedicated and they are the ones who fought to contain the deadly virus. He said they are being rewarded for saving thousands of lives and standing firm in the battle against the Ebola virus.