The United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA-Liberia has donated 50 kits to the James N. Davis, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Nee-Zoe community, Paynesville to be used by expected mothers and newly born babies.
UNFPA-Liberia Resident Representative Ratidzai Ndhlovu made the donation on behalf of her institution on Tuesday, 14 January during an appreciation ceremony held in honor of the UN agency by the hospital administration.
UNFPA had earlier given the hospital a facelift by painting the entire compound both the exterior and interior, creating a clean environment for patients. Madam Ndhlovu said UNFPA is committed to ensuring that women do not lose their lives during and after childbirth. “Our aim is to ensure that no woman loses her life in childbirth”, she added.
The Resident Representative said the agency supports institutional delivery, stressing that expected mothers carry new lives so where they go to give birth should look clean and nice. She encouraged all pregnant women to deliver their children in hospitals or in recognized health institutions.
Responding, Deputy Health and Social Welfare Minister for Health Service and Chief Medical Officer of the Republic of Liberia Dr. Bernice T. Dane thanked the UNFPA family for the support, adding that the facility is a maternal and child hospital that responds to only emergency cases.
The Medical Director at James N. Davis, Jr. Memorial Hospital Dr. Yatta Sackie-Wapoe said as a result of the assistance from UNFPA, life was returned to the hospital.
“Although there are lots to do but if you look around”, Dr. Sackie-Wapoe noted, “The hospital is clean. I want to thank the staff of the ER.” She said more needs to be done for child and neo-natal care at the hospital.
Earlier in welcome remarks, the Hospital Administrator James Kaikai expressed appreciation to UNFPA in responding to the call for assistance which has given the hospital a facelift. Later, the guests were taken on a tour of the hospital led by chief administrator Kaikai and Dr. Sackie-Wapoe.
Meanwhile, UNFPA is expected to continue similar exercise today at the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County.