The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Friday, July 17, 2020 received a consignment of essential medicines from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at buttressing government’s efforts in the Heath Sector.
The medical supplies worth US$1.7 million, were procured by USAID under an arrangement it reached with the Ministry to help procure additional critically needed medicines and health commodities in the country.
According to the Ministry’s release, additional two other consignments are expected to arrive in Monrovia by the end of September through USAID’s support.
Receiving the medical consignments on behalf of the Government and H.E. Dr. George Weah, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah acknowledges the outstanding supports the Government and people of the United States has given towards the Health Sector since the inception of the Weah-led government.
According to Dr. Jallah, evidence of this is being shown when the U.S. government is fighting against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic and at the same time supplying assorted medical items to Liberia; something she said worth commending.
The energetic and farsighted Health Minister has pledged the Ministry’s commitment to working with USAID for equitable distribution of the drugs to various government’s medical facilities across the Country.
“we all worked tirelessly together to ensure that this can be a success. Now, we hope and pray that, as we receive these drugs, they will be distributed properly for the common good of the Liberian people”, she assured.
In welcoming statements, Boakai Boley, Managing Director of the Central Medical Store (CMS) praised the U.S. government for the consignment and vowed to begin its subsequent distribution.
“We want to appreciate you for your assiduous and continuous supports towards our sector with drugs. This is not your first time aiding us. Some months back, I can remember, you donated trucks to help enhance the distribution of drugs. However, we will shortly begin distribution of these drugs”, he said via zoom communication.
While handing over the medicines to Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the United States Chargé d’Affaires, Alyson Grunder, speaking virtually said the U.S. Government is committed to helping Liberia create a “well-functioning health delivery system that provides all Liberians access to quality health services, including safe, effective, and affordable medicines.”
The consignments of essential medicines are in addition to other much needed medical commodities the United States has provided the people of Liberia for several years now—commodities critical to improving access to family planning, treating chronic diseases, and reducing preventable mortality.
Although the Ministry’s major concern is to eradicate the Coronavirus from the Country, but the overall provision of quality health delivery to the Country and its people cannot be overlooked. As such, the Ministry will soon embark on distribution of the drugs to various government’s health facilities.