As part of activities marking Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, the Liberian Government has conferred honors on 42 distinguished individuals, humanitarians, institutions, organizations, most of whom were associated with the fight against the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.
All healthcare workers, including those who lost their lives during the Ebola outbreak, were honored, eight of them posthumously.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Investiture Ceremony took place at the Monrovia City Hall Friday in the presence of high-ranking government officials, diplomats, well-wishers and family members of the honorees.
Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Grand Commander included: Chief Medical Officer, Republic of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh; Humanitarian, Rev. Trevor Cockings; the Head of the Incident Management System, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah; Medical Doctor at the ELWA Hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown, and Medical Director and Humanitarian, Samaritan Purse, Dr. Kent Brantly.
Others were the Medical Doctor, Bomi County Health Office, Dr. Gobah Logan; Medical Doctor and Head of Case Management, Dr. Moses Massaquoi; Medical Doctor, Sinoe County Health Office, Dr. Wilmot Frank; the ETA Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Dental Surgeon, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Markandu Kanagasabai.
The honorees also includedMedical Doctor, J.F.K. Memorial Hospital, Dr. Philip Zochonis Ireland; Liberia Council of Churches; Medical Doctor, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Soka Moses; Medical Doctor and Active Case Finder, Dr. Mosoka Fallah; and Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter #260 of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Others admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Grand Commander are the Press Union of Liberia; Medical Doctor, Catholic Hospital and an Ebola Survivor, Dr. Senga Omeonga; and All Health Care Workers.
Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Commander include: Royal Air Maroc; Brussels Airlines; and a survivor, Dr. Izuchukwu Cosmos Aroh; Medical Doctor, Catholic Hospital and a Survivor, Dr. Fanta Kibungu; Coordinator, Presidential Advisory Committee on Ebola (PACE), Dr. Emmanuel Dolo; Nurse and Ebola Survivor, Ms. Barbara Bono; and Administrator, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and a Survivor, Mr. Joel Williams.
Mr. Samuel T.Nimley, Jr. was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Officer.
Those admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption, with the Grade of Knight Commander include National Muslim Council of Liberia; Firestone Natural Rubber Company; National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia; Representative, Montserrado County, Honorable Saah Joseph; Liberia National Red Cross Society; Samaritan’s Purse; and the Head of the Ebola Burial Team, Mr. Mark Korvayan.
Those posthumously admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Grand Commander included Medical Doctor and Humanitarian, Dr. Samuel Brisbane; Head, Internal Medicine, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Abraham Borbor; Gynecologist and Surgeon, Dr. John Taban Dada; Medical Director, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thomas Scotland; and Hospital Director, Catholic Hospital, Dr, Patrick Nshamdze.