The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) and the Japanese Government through its embassy accredited near Accra, Ghana have signed a grant agreement worth US$83,123.00. The official signing took place on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the headquarters of the LNRCS located on Lynch Street in Monrovia.
Deputy Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Shigeru Hamano, signed on behalf of his Government while the President of the LNRCS Mr. Emmanuel O. Kpah signed on behalf of the Liberian Red Cross. The grant was provided to support the clinical section of the LNRCS. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Amb. Hamano said this is also intended to improve the current situation of child and maternal health in Liberia, especially in the capital, Monrovia.
He said the Government of Japan has been rehabilitating and providing medical equipment and gears in order to ensure that pregnant women deliver their babies in a sanitary environment. He pledged his Government's commitment to working with the Government of Liberia and its people in every sector, especially in the area of reducing child and maternal mortality
Amb. Hamano urged authorities of the LNRCS to use the grant provided them to 'take good care of their facilities' in order for people to seek medical attention properly.
"I am really excited and honored to be part of this signing ceremony of the project for the rehabilitation of the LNRCS clinic. We appreciate the efforts made by the LNRCS in making sure that we provide them this grant. This project is value at US$83,123.00 and aimed at improving the present situation on child and maternal health in this country by rehabilitating clinics and introducing some new medical equipment and gears in these clinics," he stated.
The Japanese envoy continued: "The rehabilitation and intervention of new equipment at these clinics will help pregnant women go for examination and women in labor will also deliver their babies in a sanitary area. On behalf of the government and people of Japan I could like to say please take good care of your facilities for a long time for people to seek medical attention there," he amongst other things added.
Earlier speaking, the President of the LNRCS, Mr. Emmanuel O.Kpah, pointed out that the society clinic continues to experience increment in the number of patients on a daily basis, and as such, the clinic the capacity to adequately meet the growing demand. He said the issue of health care delivery remains one of the "key core areas".
He said the clinic is in need of assistance to keep it more effective and efficient. According to him, the Japanese Government grant to the LNRCS would help address some of the constraints the clinic is facing. "In all of the its strategic plan, the LNRCS has always identified health care as one of its key core areas with the objective of being seen as a effective provider and mobilize of health, disasters or where there are gaps in public health prevention. This objective over the years has been hindered by the lack of resources and the poor understanding of the society's role by the public," he stated.
The LNRCS president added: "This exercise today clearly signifies the society's desire to reach out or form partnership with other actors in achieving our health goals. As we sign this historic agreement, it is our hope that this will further cement the already cordial relationship between the GOL and Japan and on the other hand, the LNRCS and the Japanese Red Cross," he amongst other things stated.