Huge consignment of medical supplies including drugs and clinical equipment brought into the Country by Liberians in the United States under the banner, the Liberian Medical Mission to be used by various hospitals and clinics in Liberia free of charge are said to be locked up at the National Port Authority (NPA) as a result of bureaucracies from the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
The 20ft container of the medical supplies including drugs and other clinical materials which worth over US$10,000.00 since it was docked at the Free Port of Monrovia some five months ago is yet to be cleared despite of efforts being applied by the donors.
“We are frustrated over what is happening, these medical equipment and drugs were given to us by humanitarian organizations in the United States to be used by Liberians free of charge by some of those Liberians who cannot afford to cater to their medical needs. We were in the snow days and nights soliciting for these medical relief items for our people back home, but here it is now we have been asked by the LRA to pay over US$6,000.00 before it can be released,” an official of the Liberia Medical Mission speaking to the GNN in a rather frustrated mood said.
The LMM official who is currently in the Country for the second time to prevail on the Liberian Government to allow the container with the medical supplies said it is disappointing for the Liberian Government to show less interest in the health needs of its people, especially when free drugs and clinical equipment donated by relief organizations in the United States to be used by the people of Liberia is still been kept at the Port for nearly five months just because LRA is requesting for huge amount for clearance fees.
The Liberia Medical Mission (LMM) in the United States every year solicit medical supplies and drugs from hospitals and medical institutions for onward delivery to the Liberian people who are in dying need of these medical supplies including drugs and others.
“I am going to be the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai to prevail on them to call on the Liberia Revenue Authority to allow us to take delivery of the container for distribution of those medical supplies including drugs and other clinical materials to those hospitals and clinics that are been targeted. Our people are dying due to the lack of these items that we have brought,” the official in a chat with the GNN said.
However, GNN will launch its investigation as to what will be the outcome of the meeting between both the Liberian leader and her Vice President regarding the release of this container being locked up at the Port.
Our staff who was in the United States during the loading of the container six months ago said Liberians in that part of the world were more patriotic to their Country, helping to solicit for more assistance for their fellow Liberians back home.