Golden Verolum Liberia or GVL has provided medical and non-medical materials to two clinics in Sinoe County, Southeast Liberia. In fulfilment of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Tartweh and Nitrian communities in Sinoe County, the oil palm developer GVL donated the materials to Kabada and Tubmanville clinics in Kpanyan Statutory District, Sinoe County.
A press release from GVL says materials donated include two generators, drums of fuel, medicines and a check to support vaccination campaigns at both clinics. The supplies will strengthen the clinics’ ability to meet the public health services in both communities.
According to the MOU, GVL agrees to support a community clinic in each of the communities until its medical center is constructed and staffed with well-qualified medical personnel. Making the presentation recently in the county, GVL General Manager for Sustainability, Mr Flomo Molubah, said the company is moved to help the clinics with these supplies because of their crucial role in providing health care to the people.
Mr. Molubah urged the communities and clinic staff to properly manage the materials provided and make proper use of them. He noted that the funds provided are to support vaccinators going into communities to vaccinate children and not for the entire staff.
GVL communications officer in Sinoe, Alphonso Kofi, said the donation is the company’s way of compensating the clinics for services being provided to its workers in the absence of GVL clinics.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the clinics, the chief medical officer of Sinoe County, Dr. John Doedeh, praised GVL for the gesture and noted that the Tartweh and Natrian communities are blessed as other communities do not have such opportunity.
Dr. Doedeh expressed overwhelmed joy for the sensitivity of GVL in meeting the needs of host communities, especially at such time they are really in need. “Your communities are blessed, please value this opportunity so that more will come”, he told community residents.
\Dr. Doedeh also thanked the community and GVL for the gesture and peaceful relationship between both parties. He called on other well-meaning organizations to emulate the worthy venture initiated by Golden Veroleum Liberia, stressing that there are lot of challenges facing the health sector in Liberia.
Also speaking at the brief ceremony, the chairmen of both communities, paramount chiefs of the Tartweh and Nitrain chiefdoms and the Officers-In-Charge of the two clinics said the donation was timely and will go a long way in providing basic health services to the public. They extolled GVL for fulfilling its part of the MOU.
According to them, this is not the first time such initiative is being carried out by the company. They recalled that prior to the donation, GVL rehabilitated hand pumps at the clinics’ compounds which are now providing safe drinking water for patients and staffs of the clinics.
The clinical staff at both clinics catalogued rehabilitation of roads, schools, bridges and the employment of citizens as some of the benefits GVL is providing in the area. They pledged to properly manage the items provided and use them for their intended purposes. Editing by Jonathan Browne