GREENVILLE, Sinoe – Following nearly two months of negotiations between the management of F. J. Grant Memorial Hospital in Greenville and Welthungerhilfe, the German aid group has agreed to provide electricity and potable drinking water to four hospitals and clinics in the county which it helped to construct or refurbish, including the F. J. Grant.
The group’s support will represent a major boost to the county’s health sector amid mounting challenges.
Making the disclosure on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the main compound of the F. J. Grant Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Flomo, Sinoe’s county health officer, said the initiative was the result of longstanding engagement with Welthungerhilfe. He said the support will help significantly reduce some of the many challenges facing the sector.
“For nearly two months, we have been engaging WHH to help us address some of our basic needs, and as a result of our efforts or engagement, they agreed to provide 24-hour electricity using the solar panel system to all the four clinics that were constructed by them in the county,” Flomo said. He added that the organization would also pave the roads leading to the clinics and even provide running water.
Flomo named the Menwah-Walker Clinic and Karquakpo Annex in Dugba District, Kilo Town Clinic in Kpanyan District, and Juarzon Clinic in Juarzon District as the facilities to benefit from the initiative.
Welthungerhilfe’s support to the health facilities is a big part of its sanitation and hygiene programs in the county, which it runs along with a nutrition program.
Flomo used the occasion to call on citizens of Sinoe at home and abroad to consider giving back to their county, especially to the health sector, where the needs and challenges are great.
“While it is true that [the] government, through the Ministry of Health, is responsible for the provision of basic health equipment, our people also have their role to play in helping the government and partners,” Flomo said.
He then called upon residents of the county who are expected to benefit from the facilities, to ensure the new facilities are properly and effectively managed and maintained when completed, in order to promote good health and sanitation in the county.
Sceffen Mittasch spoke on behalf of Welthungerhilfe and thanked the government and the people of Sinoe for their cooperation. He also expressed Germany’s continuous commitment to supporting Liberia’s recovery in the areas of basic health, infrastructure, and livelihood.
Welthungerhilfe is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Corporation and Development.
Featured photo by Teahwleh Clarke Geeplay