Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
VP Boakai Commends CSI For Mission To Liberia
MONROVIA, January 23 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has hailed Children Surgery International (CSI) for its successful surgical mission that transformed the lives of more than 60 Liberian children at the Firestone Medical Center in Harbel, Margibi County.
He referred to CSI as a “great partner”, noting that without such organizations it is difficult for the nation to achieve all it plans to do.
Vice President Boakai was speaking over the weekend when he attended the closing program of the CSI at the Firestone Medical Center in Harbel, Margibi County.
The mission held under the theme: “Helping Liberia’s Children” also conducted lectures and talks for medical personnel, including medical students, reaching a total of 450 attendants during the lectures, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.
Vice President Boakai praised the Firestone Medical Center for its role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and extolled the longstanding ties between Firestone and Liberia, saying even during the Ebola period Firestone did not leave the country.
He said the CSI was doing service to the children of Liberia with a smile, and stressed that ‘a child from the village would have never had the opportunity to get a smile. Some of the children that underwent the surgical procedures were born with physical defects.
But the Veep noted that with the correction of those abnormalities they will be accepted back in their communities.
Stating the purpose of the Mission to Liberia, CSI Board Member and Mission Lead Lora S. Koppel said CSI was glad that they are changing the lives of Liberian children “one smile at a time” and noted that “to the beautiful children of Liberia we will be back in 2018.”
Margibi County Superintendent, John Z. Buway, speaking during the program, said: “We are aware of the challenges in the health sector, and that the
Government will continue to take steps to improve the sector.”
He spoke of the bill before the Legislature for the establishment of the Public Health Institute.