The NEWS (Monrovia)

29 January 2013

Liberia: U.S.$1.1 Million Health Facility Dedicated in Zorzor

A US$1.1 million renovated health facility at the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery (EBSNM) in Zorzor, Lofa County, has been dedicated.

Performing the ceremony last Friday, Liberia's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernice Dahn expressed gratitude to partners for their financial support. She called for the maintenance of the facility.

USAID Mission Director to Liberia, Patricia Radar explained that portion of the over US$1 million was used to construct other facilities including the newly dedicated four-classroom, the renovation of the dormitory, water and electrical systems, as well as procurement of laboratory equipment, and other essential supplies to the school.

According to her, the laboratory and simulation center, which would encourage students to be aware and understand the humanistic learning principles are well equipped.

She told the gathering that the renovation of the classrooms and dormitory will permit the school to accept additional students in their program and at the same time allow her entity to provide the appropriate housing structures.

"Over the years, USAID through the Rebuilding Basic Health Service (RBHS) collaborated with the school to produce some very impressive results even as the infrastructure components were still underway," Madam Radar added.

She further said, a competency-based curriculum, focused on ensuring that students are skilled both in the classroom and in the clinic has been adopted with special emphasis to help future nurses and midwives to develop good manners in attending to patients.

RBHS is funded by USAID and implemented by John Snow Incorporated (JSI) Research and Training Institute and the John Hopkins Center for Communications Programs (JHUCCP), Jhpiego, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

Earlier, RBHS Chief of Party, Dr. Rose Macauley urged the management and staff of EBSNM to use the premises for the primary purpose (training of midwives) to safe guard the investment.

Currently, there are 157 students of which 38 are nursing students, 119 midwifery students.

Also, there are 25 females sophomore students presently residing in the dormitory.

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