The Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has announced the arrival of two 40-foot containers in the country in order to commence the distribution of several medical equipment and supplies to six hospitals in six counties of Liberia worth US$565,000.00 or LD$62.7 million.
Addressing a news conference on Friday, June 16, 2017, the Country Director of CAF, Madam Fatu Gbedema said the distribution of the supplies and equipment which falls under the CAF Health Infrastructure Support Project (CHISP) began on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata Margibi County.
She further disclosed that the medical supplies and equipment include comprehensive sets of surgical equipment, catheters, gauze, bandages, examination beds, gloves, medical furniture, as well as other consumable and non-consumable medical products to health facility.
Madam Gbedema further said, this distribution in Margibi County was followed by the delivery of a similar consignment of medical equipment and supplies to the C.B. Dunbar Health Center in Gbarnga City, Bong County, and on Monday, June 19, 2017, CAF will also deliver another consignment of medical supplies and equipment to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
She said following the Grand Bassa County distribution, the Curan Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County will receive its supplies on June 20, 2017, and noted that despite of the current rainy and the deplorable road condition in rural Liberia CAF was doing everything possible to reach out to the needy medical centers around the country including the delivery of its last batch in southeastern Liberia with the CAF team reaching out to medical centers in Fish Town, River Gee County and Harper City in Maryland County on June 23, and June 24, 2017 respectively.
The CAF Country Director said, the project is geared towards addressing some of the challenges faced by these health sector in the country with particular emphasis in rural and pre-urban communities. And also said the donation to these health centers is part of the Cummings Africa Foundation to support and improve healthcare delivery in Liberia.
The CAF Health Infrastructure Support Project is a collaboration between Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, MdeShare and the Cummings Africa Foundation whih is a non-profit organization funded by Alexander B. Cummings.
For his part, the CEO of the CAF, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings who is also the political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) and was at the conference spoke highly of the deplorable state of the country’s health sector, and promised to help in the improvement of this sector.
Speaking at the conference, Dr. Jerald Tamba told journalists that the distribution of these supplies and equipment will be done in line with the policy of CAF; ensuring that the country health is drastically improved.