President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid a working visit to the recently burnt warehouses and laboratory of the National Drug Service (NDS). President Sirleaf on Tuesday visited the John F. Kennedy Medical Center currently housing the NDS to assess the level of damage sustained by the entity as the result of the fire incident.
An Executive Mansion release said, President Sirleaf made the visit on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. It can be recalled that on May 31, 2017 at precisely 9:00p.m., fire gutted one of the six warehouses and laboratory at the National Drug Service (NDS) located on the compound of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor.
President Sirleaf was briefed by J.F.K. Chief Administrator, Dr. Winnie-Scott McDonald upon arrival on the level of damage done to the entity. Responding briefly to a question from a journalist, President Sirleaf said it was a big set back to the country at this time.
The affected warehouse is used to stockpile important medical supplies that are used for service delivery while the laboratory is the only testing center used by the Liberia Medicines and Health Product Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) to test the value of drugs coming into the country.
Although the cause of the fire is yet to be established but the management has launched an investigation to establish the cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf also met with group of ECOWAS women in Liberia in the Fish Market Community to identify with their endeavor. The Women had organized a week-long cultural unity gathering at the Fish Market, Airfield, Sinkor area in an effort to promote ECOWAS initiatives in Liberia.