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1.2m Liberians lack basic health services

The Head of Office of the Samaritan’s Purse in River Gee County Daniel S.M. Wesseh says current government statistics shows that about 1.2m Liberians lack access to basic health services.
Mr. Wesseh said counting on the many experiences from the Ebola virus outbreak, the Ministry of Health with support from national government has unanimously designed the Community Health Assistant Program to help reduce death rate across River Gee and other parts of Liberia.
Quoting River Gee County Health Officer Trokon Washington, he said the Ministry of Hearth in collaboration with government is expected to recruit and train 150 persons from high reach communities across the county to help implement the program effectively.
County Health Officer Washington asserted that at the end of the entire recruitment exercise, four mordent clinics will be provided with category one focusing on prevention and control, while category two will include reproductive health, among others.
Mr. Washington emphasized that the program is expected to last for one year, and if it is achievable, government will continue it for five years.
He added that River Gee residents heartily welcome the good news about health workers going into their communities to treat patients, adding that pregnant women will mainly be prioritized.
The River Gee CHO noted that communities that have been selected to form part of the training have lauded the government for such initiative, and that even those who have been living far from the health facilitates will, this time around, l be closer to these new ones that are underway to enable them have more access health services.
Mr. Washington said the program was launched this week in River Gee County, bringing together county officials, citizens and other stakeholders. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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