USAID Donates Lifesaving Medical Equipment to Health Facilities Across Liberia 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Liberia in collaboration with STAIP has donated huge lifesaving medical equipment to the eight health centers in Liberia.

USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people progress beyond assistance.

The equipment includes neonatal mechanic ventilation sets, newborn incubators, and resuscitation tables, among others.

At the Official turning over of the medical equipment at the Belefanai Health Center in Zota District#4, Bong County, USAID Mission Director to Liberia Jam Wright said the medical equipment donated to the health facilities will play a pivotal role in minimizing maternal and newborn death.

Some of the donated medical items in photos

Mr. Wright also indicated that the eight health centers in Margibi, Bong, and Nimba Counties are targeted beneficiaries of the lifesaving equipment donation.

The equipment and medical supplies will strengthen neo-natal births and reduce maternal mortality rates in Liberia.

He further called on the various Counties’ Health Team Officers to help monitor the equipment to ensure that it is properly used for the intended purpose.

Additionally, Mr. Wright recommitted USAID to promoting access to quality healthcare delivery systems across Liberia.

The USAID Mission Director believes a healthy population is essential in the growth and development of the country.

USAID is an independent agency of the United States government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Minister for Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Francis Kateh hailed USAID for its expressed interest and commitment to revamping Liberia’s health system.

Dr. Kateh further said USAID medical equipment donated to the eight health facilities in rural Liberia will help to reduce the high maternal and newborn deaths.

The Liberia Chief Medical Officer at the same time cautioned healthcare providers to prioritize the welfare and care of their patients.

Dr. Kateh believes that it is fundamental to the patient’s well-being and rapid response to treatment.

The Deputy Health Minister revealed that the lack of proper patient care undermines the health system and allows unattended patients to abandon health facilities and treatments, something he said is counterproductive to the healthcare delivery system of Liberia.

For their part, Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker and the County Health Team Officer, Dr. Cynthia Blapooh extended thanks and appreciation to USAID for the donation of the health equipments to the facility.

Superintendent Walker and Dr. Balpooh believe that the materials donated will greatly contribute to the improvement of the country’s Health sector.

The duo further assured USAID Liberia and partners of the maintenance of the equipment donated for the overall improvement of the healthcare delivery system of Liberia.

Meanwhile, benefiting health facilities officials from Margibi and Nimba Counties hailed USAID for demonstrating its expressed commitment to strengthening the country’s health system.

They said the donation of the equipment has shifted the healthcare outcomes in their various communities and counties.

They spoke on Thursday, December 14, 2023, in Belefana, Bong County, when USAID handed over medical equipment and supplies to Bong, Nimba, and Margibi Counties health team.

Written by Patrick Stephen Tokpah

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