The Senate Committee Chairman on Labor at the National Legislature River Gee County Senator Matthaw Jaye donates asserted medical supplies to the only referral hospital in Fish Town, River Gee County, southeast Liberia.The huge medical consignment, including medical beds, delivery materials, wheel chairs, orthopedic materials, pampers, and gloves, among others cost about US$10,000.
Senator Jaye’s gesture is in fulfillment earlier promise made to people of the county to ensure that they have access to medical treatment without any hindrance. It comes at a time when the hospital has been challenged with numerous problems.
According to the Senator, the medical package was delivered recently to the county’s head doctor during a tour of the hospital.The hospital was in the process of scaling down its services to over 10,000 inhabitant due to lack of drugs and materials for its effective operation.
Senator Jaye discloses that the medical supplies will ensure accommodation for patients and better care for pregnant women most of whom suffer severe problems during delivery.
The River Gee Senator also donates zinc for construction of a market and town hall in Glarro, Free Town, and Lepord Town, respectively.
While in the county, he identified with victims of a horrific storm that damaged several residential buildings, including a high school. At least 50 persons were made homeless from the incident.
In a related development, Senator Jaye calls for full enforcement of International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 138, prohibiting use of children as bread winners for families.
He notes that adapting the Convention alone is not enough to curtail the practice in Liberia where children are used to sell or work in industries for the sole purpose of acquiring money for their parents.
He laments that it is disheartening to note that most of the abuses are committed during school hours, denying victims the right to education and other opportunities for their future.
He emphasizes that government is under obligation to ensure the practice of child labor is discouraged and that violators face the law. By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne