By: Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Correspondent
As Liberian government and international Health partners continue to support the country’s health sector in order to address the growing health needs of Liberians and foreigners alike, many institutions and individuals are continuing their support to achieve this.
The latest has been demonstrated by a member of the 53rd Legislature, Nimba County electoral district#1 Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung who dedicated several projects worth over US$2m in his district.
The projects dedicated by the Nimba county lawmaker include two elementary schools in Bain Gowee and Welainla and his private hospital which contains more than one hundred bedrooms.
Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony recently at the Ganta City Sports’ Pitch, Representative Koung said the initiative was prompted by calls for support in the health and educational areas of the county.
Representative Koung pointed out that there is a need for the Liberian children to be in schools, he further recalled in that past where kids were never opportune to go to school due to the lack of financial assistance.
“The rights to receive healthcare service cannot also be over emphasized, especially after a sudden attack by the deadly Ebola disease leaving the sector with additional challenges,” the Nimba County Representative in a chat with our reporter noted.
According to him, the construction of the schools in the district will bring relief to the children whose ages at as low as three years in those communities that travel distances to seek for further education.
Representative Koung used the occasion to challenge his fellow Nimba citizens that they too can help effect the necessary changes in the county.
The lawmaker recalled that if he could survive from the entire struggle to succeed, others can.
“Anything is possible, you need to be focus and determine and believe in God, while emphasizing that the people of Ganta and Nimba county need to continue their support to ensure the rapid development of the country, the lawmaker noted”.
Representative Koung promised his electorates that he will continue to provide sustainable development in the county.
Making brief remarks, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai commended Representative Koung for undertaking such huge imitative, saying endeavor is what Liberia needs in its recovery process, especially in the health and educational sectors.
“I am proud of this county (Nimba) and its people and this is what we need in this country.
Vice President Boakai assured the Unity Party will do all of in its powers to ensure that the hospital remain functional to ensure that people in that part of the country receive the necessary health care delivery services.
VP Boakai urged the citizens to support the hospital in its quest to buttress the health sector of the country.
Also speaking to journalists, citizens and residents of Gowee and Welainla towns that benefited from the elementary schools expressed joy the towns for a long time had suffered due to the absence of schools in the areas.
According to the citizens, the situation over the time caused their children to travel over 45 minutes to a nearby town called Neingben on the Ganta-Monrovia highway in search of education.
They hailed Representative Koung for brining relive to them and their children, while at the same time pledging their unwavering support to him comes 2017.
The program was attended by several high ranking government officials, members of the christian and Muslim communities, traditional leaders, local and international organizations, as well as students among others.
The construction of the hospital project started in 2012.
The health facility initially operated as a clinic and later turned into a 123 bedrooms multi-million dollars hospital and is the first of its kind for a health facility of such to be constructed by a single person.
Prior to building the health facility, the only option for patients in the area was to seek medical attention at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital where major equipment and well trained medical practitioners are.
The E & J medical Center currently equipped to support approximately 100 patients is now the second largest health facility in Ganta, next to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.