Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah has lauded one of the world’s largest nongovernmental hospital ships for its humanitarian outreach to Liberia and called for a ‘win-win’ partnership between Liberia and the medical entity.
“We heard about the good works of Mercy Ships, and it is a brilliant idea to have you contributing to the building of our health capacity and in dealing with our health cases in the country,” President Weah.
The President made the remarks when officials of the organization paid a courtesy call on him on Friday, October 5, 2018 to abreast him with their presence and operations in the country.
The President informed the visiting medical team of Mercy Ships that he was glad about their presence in the country to conduct medical operations. He noted that it is laudable on the part of Mercy Ships for always choosing Liberia in its plans to provide health services to the needy in the country and the West African sub-region.
President Weah indicated that Mercy Ships arrived in Liberia at a time government was making efforts along with partners to reconstruct the struggling health sector of the country, particularly after the civil war and the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
President Weah said it would be good for the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health to work towards a “win-win” partnership that benefits all.
He stated: “I always encouraged my people to go out and seek a partnership for the building of our health sector because it is a brilliant idea to always work with resourceful partners.”
He expressed appreciation for the medical operations and the training opportunities Mercy Ships is offering along with the Ministry of Health.
The team, which was led by its head, Mr. Donovan Palmer, visited the President on Friday, October 05, 2018 at his Foreign Ministries office.
Executive Officer Donovan Palmer thanked President Weah for the warm reception accorded him and his team, stating that the crew was always concerned about its activities in Liberia because Liberia always remains fresh in their minds.
Also, Liberia’s Health Minister Dr. Whelimina Jallah, who accompanied the Mercy Ships crew, thanked President Weah for the opportunity and stressed that the arrival of Mercy Ships to Liberia was important to the nation’s health sector, especially when the details of the partnership are fully worked out and concluded.
Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978, bringing hope and healing to the poor.