Heritage (Monrovia)

26 March 2014

Liberia: Lonestarcell MTN Makes Life-Saving Donation - Supports Cancer Awareness & Treatment in Liberia

Lonestar Cell MTN has again contributed significantly to Liberia's health care delivery sector. Through its Lonestar Cell Foundation, a specialized equipment and assorted drugs valued at over Eighteen Thousand United States dollars (18,000USD) have been donated to the Hope for Women International Medical Center in Paynesville.

Delivering the equipments of behalf of the Lonestar Cell Foundation, Mr. Massaquoi Kamara, Chairman, said the Foundation has a long-standing partnership with the Hope for Women Medical Center and was delighted to make the donation of such valuable life-saving equipment and drugs.

Accompanied by Mrs. Cora Peabody and Ms. Jeanne Juste who are members of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Kamara said the Foundation partners with many other medical centers in the country and especially as this is Cancer-Awareness Month, Lonestar Cell Foundation was quite pleased to be making the donation.

Receiving the donation, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Proprietor and Chief Medical Officer of Hope for Women International expressed sincere gratitude to the Lonestar Cell MTN Family for rendering the needed support to the hospital.

According to Dr. Jallah, the equipment is known as URIT 660 and can perform nine different tests relating to cancerous tissues including detecting prostate cancer. She said that with the donation of the equipment, the need for patients to travel outside Liberia to do tests is now minimized.

She said indeed the Center was grateful because not only is the donation of the equipment timely, it is also an expensive and sensitive machine that is available at only a few health centers in Liberia.

Dr. Jallah said that Hope For Women Medical Center was sending the Laboratory Technician, Junior Nehmon Sehgren will depart the country for Accra, Ghana in a few days to acquire extensive training in the effective use of the machine. She said that the care and effective use of the machine were vital to the successful fight against cancer.

The Cancer Society of Liberia was represented at the donation ceremony by Mrs. Paulette Findley who congratulated the Lonestar Cell Foundation and the Lonestar Cell MTN family and pledged her organization's support to work with Hope for Women International.

The Head of Corporate Affairs of Lonestar Cell MTN Dr. Larry Konmla Bropleh said his company will continue to work with the government of Liberia in supporting its agenda in health and education.

He said that Lonestar Cell MTN through the Lonestar Cell Foundation was impacting in significant ways Health and Education. He recounted that in 2012 two major grants were made: $40,000 (Forty Thousand United States Dollars) to Hope for Women Medical Center to support the fight against cancer and $100,000 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County for the development of a state-of-the art ICT Laboratory.

Attorney Bropleh said the Lonestar Cell Foundation sees itself as a conduit to assisting the government of Liberia to make better the lives of all Liberians, noting that last year the Lonestar Cell Foundation sponsored over 350 young women who had lagged behind in their educational sojourn due to the Liberian civil crisis to acquired computer knowledge and improve their lives.

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