President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Sirleaf Says New ELWA Hospital ‘Example Of True Partnership’
MONROVIA, October 24 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated the newly-constructed hospital of the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA), describing the faith-based group’s achievement as “a monumental example of real partnership” aimed at contributing to the health needs of the people of Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Saturday, October 22, at program marking the handover and dedication of the new ELWA Hospital in Paynesville.
President Sirleaf led by Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham, CEO and President of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, cut the ribbon to the new hospital and declared the modern medical facility opened.
President Sirleaf recounted that since the coming to Liberia of ELWA in the 1950s, the organization has always been able to contribute to the educational, healthcare and religious needs of the people of Liberia.
She noted that the main aim and objective of the ELWA have since been undergone metamorphosis into other sple ndid needs of the Liberian people.
“You have become great partner,” President Sirleaf told authorities of the Eternal Love of Winning Africa (ELWA) and Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. She said when we look around and think about the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, we know that (ELWA) facility became the hope for people seeking refuge.
The Liberian leader said while the ELWA Hospital was doing all of these for the survival of the Liberian people, the Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham and people of the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief stood by Liberia through their generous contributions in making sure the people received the needed assistance.
President Sirleaf said even people who were rejected at other medical facilities during the Ebola crisis were also cared for by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, working side by the ELWA Medical Facility.
President Sirleaf also used the occasion to commend Samaritan’s Purse International Relief that has been in the business of rehabilitating and constructing a number of mini-airstrips in the country with a view to airlifting and providing easy transfer of critically ill patients from one part of the country to the other.
President Sirleaf said the facility is not only a representation of partnership, but a commitment of a representation of friendship. She then commended CJ Construction Company, which constructed the medical facility for a job well done.
Speaking earlier, Rev. Dr. Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief told the gathering that Jesus Christ came into the world as face of this earth to save human beings, and this is the same reason why most of those in the Gospel business have always been involved in medical issues, for the purpose of saving human lives.
He said because of this, God saved many people with Leprosy who wanted to be cured from sicknesses and diseases.
He said the hospital should be used to the glory of God for God’s blessing upon the people of Liberia in serving him, adding, “We are here to dedicate this facility to the glory of God.”
Also making remarks was Dr. Jerry Brown, Medical Director of ELWA Hospital, who said the dedicatory ceremony marked a testimony for ELWA and the people of Liberia.
He recalled that for too long, many Liberians have lost their family members to diseases that can be cured right here in Liberia.
However, according to him, some of these people died because of the lack of resilient medical facility.
He praised the dream of the coming of the ELWA Hospital to Liberia to be able to care for some of these people.
Dr. Brown noted that even though the coming of the facility does not mean that it will take care of all of the medical complications that the Liberian people are faced with, but intimidated that, instead of transferring sick patients from Liberia to Ghana, Nigeria and others parts of the world, these patients will now be transferred from other countries to ELWA in Liberia.
The dedicatory ceremony was graced by several government officials, including Grand Kru County Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Peter Coleman, Senator George Tengbeh of Lofa County, Health Minister Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, foreign guests, ELWA, SIM and Samaritan’s Purse International Relief families as well as the religious community cum ordinary citizens.