|UNFPA Donates Vehicle To Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital|
|Published on August 13, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated a twin cabin Toyota pickup estimated at US$ 30,000.00 to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for use by the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.
The referral hospital built as part of assistance to Liberia by the People's Republic of China was recently inaugurated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Speaking Thursday at the Ministry of Health during the presentation ceremony, UNFPA Resident Representative Ms. Esperance Fundira said her agency was ready to contribute to all efforts geared at the reduction of maternal mortality in the country.
According to Ms. Fundira, partners including UNFPA are aware that if Liberia must meet the Millennium Development Goal MDG 5 which is reduction of maternal mortality by 2015, there must be adequate support to accelerate the roadmap for Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Liberia.
“We are handing this vehicle to the Ministry of Health for use by the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Hospital as part contributions to ensure that there will be an increase in facilities providing care for pregnant women and newborns; to make sure that we can increase the number of intakes of family planning and also increase the number of skilled attendants at birth”, she declared.
She lauded the Government of Liberia modalities in ensuring that all maternal deaths in the country are reported within 48 hours.
In response, Health & Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale said his ministry decided to document maternal death in the country
reports received so far indicate that many of these deaths could have been prevented.
He expressed the urgent need to train and empower health care providers attending to pregnant women and girls in Liberia.
Dr. Gwenigale praised the UNFPA for its true partnership in the provision and quality and adequate health reproductive health services to the people of Liberia.