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US$181m needed to restore JFK Hospital

LINA/Benjamin S. Taingay
A  scene from the JFK Hospital
A scene from the JFK Hospital

(elbcradio.com/Oct. 14, 2015)-Liberia’s Health Minister says about US$181 million is needed to restore the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK) to its pre-war status.

Dr. Bernice Dahn said prior to the war, the hospital had adequate professional doctors and nurses, as well as medical equipment and drugs, compared to any international medical center.

Minister Dahn made the comments at a stakeholders’ validation workshop held Monday, October 12, 2015 at a local hotel in Monrovia.

The stakeholders’ validation workshop focused on the JFK Medical Center’s  2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

She said investing in JFK will go a long way in providing quality medical services and, in preventing government officials and other citizens from spending hugely to seek medical attention abroad.

“The money will be invested in equipment and training of doctors and nurses as well as physicians up to post-graduate level,” she further noted.

Dr. Dahn assured that the training will be conducted in conformity with international medical professional standards.

“If the Government and international partners invest in JFK, it will ensure international standard and will provide quality health services at the hospital,” she also noted.

“The provision of quality health services by JFK once made the facility a referral medical entity in the sub-region.”

Meanwhile, Minister Dahn is urging Liberians to prioritize their health needs, because they are critical to the nation’s socio-economic development.

The Liberian Health Minister added: “A healthy people build a vibrant nation.”

 


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