The Phebe Eye Clinic and Vision Center has formally been launched and dedicated to the public on the Phebe Hospital compound in Suakoko District, Bong County.
The center was renovated by Sightsavers and Onesight, two international eye health institutions.
Officially launching the project Thursday, November 22, 2018 at an elaborate program, the proxy for Liberia’s Health Minister and Deputy Minister for Planning and Research at the Ministry, A. Varfee Tulay thanked the implementing partners for the initiative.
Minister Tulay said the need for advanced health services is a key component under the pro-poor agenda of President Weah.
He thanked the administration of the Phebe Hospital for providing the facility to Sightsavers and Onesight the two implementing partners to the Liberian Eye Health Center to refurbish.
He used the medium to call on the administration of the Hospital to make maximum use of the eye center and ensure that money is collected from patients attending the center to help maintain the effective operations.
He pledged the Ministry of Health support to the Phebe Hospital in order to adequately provide the necessary health services to their citizens.
Providing an update of the Liberia Eye Health project, Sightsavers Country Director Mrs. Adoley Sonii said the project started in 2002 in the southeastern region of Liberia noting, citizens residing in those areas are cut off from improved road network and health centers.
Mrs. Sonii said as an organization, their interest is to help improve the eyesight of their citizens.
She said at present, Sightsavers and Onesight are sponsoring several Liberian eye surgeons and specialists in different parts of the world to return and help run the eye health system of the country.
She wants the citizens of the county take ownership of the center to safely guide their eyesight
For his part, Phebe Medical Director Jefferson Sibley in a welcome remark applauded the donors of the project for improving the center in Phebe.
Dr. Sibley said Phebe Hospital firstly constructed and equipped the eye center but the lack of funding led to its closure.
He added that if the Phebe Hospital will close down because funding problem, the newly dedicated eye center will not close down adding, the effective running of the center was their paramount concern.