VP Taylor dedicates modern health center in Bong
The office of Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has dedicated the Armah Sekou Toure Health Center in Jorwah, Panta District of Bong County.
Named after the former President of the Republic of Guinea, the Armah Sekou Toure Health Center was constructed during the administration of former Liberian President William Richard Tolbert more than forty years ago.
The Amah Sekou Toure Health Center located in the bordering town of Jorwah was one of the leading health care facilities in Liberia catering to several residents of Panta District and other bordering towns in the Republic of Guinea.
In 2015, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, then Senator of Bong County, broke grounds for the reconstruction of the health facility with an initial contribution of little over US$35,000.00 after asking her colleagues for help.
The dedicatory ceremony was graced by top government officials including Health Minister Willimena Jallah, Deputy Finance Minister Augustin Jonathan Flomo, Group of 77 Executive Director Wilfred Siafah, Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker, Guinea Ambassador to Liberia Mr. Abdoulaye Dore, officials of Samaritan Purse International and several prominent citizens hailing from Panta District.
Samaritan Purse, an International NGO gave some support to the Vice President including some medical equipment.
Giving overview of the project, the Vice President’s County Office Coordinator Kusee Armstrong stated that VP Howard Taylor was optimistic about reconstructing the health center despite the many challenges.
Mr. Armstrong said the reconstruction of the Health Center is a total relief for the people of Jorwah on grounds that many people have been promising them to do what the Vice President and partners have done but did not fulfill their promises.
Liberia’s Health Minister Dr. Willimena Jallah at the same time called on residents of the region to take ownership of the Clinic by lobbying with others for more support.
She said even though the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health is doing all it can to support the center, it is also good for helping hand to come from the community for the smooth operation of the center.
For her part, Group of 77 Executive Director Madam Wilfah Siafah in proxy of the Vice President, pledged Madam Taylor’s support to the clinic.Madam Siafah said Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor is eager to ensure the success of the government’s pro poor agenda and as such, she will continue to support not only Jorwah clinic but clinics across the Country.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley