Liberia’s First Lady, Clar M. Weah broke grounds Wednesday for the construction of a 306-bed hospital under the Snyder Healthcare System Incorporated in Careysburg, Montserrado County.
The Snyder Healthcare System Incorporated is a private initiative own by some Liberians living in the Diaspora. Representing her husband, President George M. Weah at the groundbreaking ceremonies on Wednesday April 25, 2018, Mrs. Weah described the initiative as welcoming.
She was particularly impressed that the initiative was being sponsored by Diaspora Liberians who want to give back to their country. The Liberian First Lady said the proposed hospital would greatly buttress government’s efforts in promoting quality health services for its people through the Pro-poor Agenda.
According to her, the health system’s plans to focus community health through massive heath awareness and outreach to promote practical preventative measures among Liberians. The First Lady believes that while getting treatment was important, teaching people how to prevent illnesses through practical approaches would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths among other health situations in the country.
She pledged her readiness and willingness to offer her service as a professional nurse with nearly ten years of experience to work with the Synder Health System in providing healthcare to the people of Liberia.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Synder Healthcare System Incorporated, Clarence W. Tweh, Sr. said their dream is not only to help meet some of the country’s health needs but also to ensure the country regains its status in health care delivery in the sub-region.
Mr. Tweh recalled the years when the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia served the entire sub-region for medical and training purposes, stressing that they were determined to reignite such prominence. He however called for the collective support of stakeholders including the government of Liberia.
He said the Snyder Health System intends to construct a 500 bed facility in Liberia over a period of three years. The first structure of the 306-bed hospital is expected to be erected in the Japan Community, Hagan Village –Careysburg beginning November 2018 while several smaller facilities amounting to a total 106 bed would be constructed in the counties.
The Synder Healthcare System’s President told a gathering of residents and other dignitaries gracing the ceremony that their initiative will focus on bridging the community health initiatives through public private partner.
For her part, Health Minister, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, commended the Synder Healthcare System for coming to partner with government at the right time.Meanwhile, the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Health, Senator Peter Coleman reassured the private health initiative of the government’s support to improve its overall health system. The program was attended by local residents and authorities of Careysburg and neighboring communities.