Weah dedicates 20m Emirates Hospital
By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
President George Weah has dedicated the Emirates Hospital in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County in Western Liberia, an initiative funded by the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
The 100-bed hospital is part of phase one of approximately ten hospital projects to be executed by the Government of Liberia.
The projects are being undertaken through a bilateral partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates across the fifteenth political subdivisions of Liberia.
The Emirates Hospital is worth $20 Million United States dollars and is seated on 52,000 square feet of land space.
Opening the modern hospital, President George Manneh Weah said his government is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services throughout the country.
Mr. Weah said improving healthcare delivery has always been foundational to the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
He explained that this is why there have been consistent increases and add-ons to the operational budgets for already-existing hospitals to provide the equipment and trained staff required for the delivery of critically needed services.
“…My government is committed to creating access to health infrastructures by constructing more new health facilities in under-served communities,” he said.
According to him, the hospital is equipped with all the relevant departments of a modern hospital around the world, including, the Urgent Care Department, Diagnostic Department, Operation Theater, Mother and Child Department, NICU and Intensive Care Department, Internal Medicine and Pulmonology Department, as well as a Source of Solar energy in every corner of the hospital.
President Weah stated that the construction of the hospital will enable residents of the remote region of Bopolu, Gbarpolu County, and its surrounding counties of Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, and Lofa, including neighboring countries of Sierra Leone, and Guinea to gain access to health care.
“I am asking you all to pay particular attention to the maintenance of this facility,” he urged.
President Weah lauded the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), through its Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, and International Cooperation, Sheihk Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, on behalf of UAE President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with profound gratitude for humanitarian generosity to the People of Liberia.
“The dedication of the facility is a clear manifestation of his government’s commitment to improving the quality of health services in Liberia by expanding health province to the rural population,” he said.
For his part, the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Nahyan Al Nahyan, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the President of the UAE as he turned over the key of the facility to President Weah.
Speaking earlier Liberia’s Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, thanked the UAE delegation for the hospital.
She noted that President Weah’s focus is on developing the health sector is commendable because it will improve the lives of his people.