The Government of Liberia (GOL) has received a consignment of essential medicines worth US$2million from the MAP International in Georgia, Atlanta United States of America. The donated medicines were symbolically received by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at a formal ceremony held at the Freeport of Monrovia on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony, Liberia’s Honorary Consul General to Atlanta, Georgia, Madam Cynthia Blanford Nash, said the donated drugs are intended to aid the people of Liberia.
She disclosed that the gesture is in fulfillment of MAP’s promise to Vice President Boakai and citizens during the Liberian Business Submit hosted in Atlanta, USA on March 30, 2012.
She further disclosed that the shipment of the medicines is part of MAP International’s service of reaching the milestone of distributing $US 4 billion in medicines and medical equipment since its founding in 1954.
The Liberia’s Honorary Consul General to Atlanta, Georgia said the shipment is expected to arrive in the country very shortly.
According to her, the shipment contains enough medicines, including antibiotics, vitamins, infant formula and medicines to address upper respiratory ailments amongst others.
The Liberian diplomat stated that MAP International in collaboration will the Christian Aid Ministries distribute medicines to over 30 health clinics in Montserrado, Nimba, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Lofa, Bong, Gbarpolu and Bong counties.
Madam Nash indicated that the donation would be for over 500,000 treatments.
Said Madam Nash: “It is indeed a great honor to represent MAP International in this most important humanitarian endeavor to help thousands of people living in Liberia. MAP International is excited to partner with Liberia to send millions of dollars worth of essential medicines. We are here to formally present to you US$2million in medicines to aid the people of Liberia.”
She recalled that for more than 20 years, MAP International has maintained its commitment to meeting the health needs of the Liberian people.
She further recalled that since 1999, the US-based non-profit organization has distributed over US$83 million in medicines and medical supplies to its partners in Liberia.
For his part, Vice President Boakai commended the group for the humanitarian gesture.
He described the gesture as a ‘big blessing, saying Liberia has made lot of friends to help in the country’s rebuilding process.’
He pointed out that it is through the collectively efforts of every Liberian that the country is gradually transforming.
The vice president then used the occasion to call on Liberians to work positively towards the betterment of the nation.
He urged that all citizens should now sustain and maintain the peace and stability of the country.
He pledged the Liberian government continuous commitment and willingness to provide basic health services for its people.
“I want to thank the people of MAP International for this commemorative gesture that Liberia has been blessed with. We want to say that the health of our people is very important and this kind of gift is commendable,” Vice President Boakai among other things added.