Liberia: HIV Clinic For Country Soon

28 November 2006

Monrovia — An Executive Mansion press release issued over the weekend said it has information that the Clinton Foundation has made available funds for the setting up of an HIV clinic to be built in a few weeks.

The clinic to be staffed by local Liberian doctors, the release said, will treat patients with HIV and infectious diseases.

"The Foundation has contributed nearly US $12,000 toward the establishment of the clinic in addition to the provision of laboratory facilities, machine and equipment to facilitate work at the clinic to be built," the release said.

It noted further that former U.S President Bill Clinton and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf signed a memorandum of understanding in July this year for the establishment of the Clinton Global HIV Initiative in Liberia.

Dr. Kotlyah, who has been in the country under the auspices of Yale University and the Johnson & Johnson Group of Companies, has been teaming up with doctors Nicolas Vasquez and Adama Sirleaf of Health Education and Relief Through Training (HEART), in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Medical and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Meanwhile, HEART is in the country to assist the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital in its drive to improve the health care delivery system at the Hospital.

A Representative of the Team, Dr. Simon Kotlyah, in an interview on Friday with newsmen at the JKF Medical Center, said his group is working with the center to provide relief and education through teaching and capacity building with the local health system and health care providers at the Center.

The Team has been providing education and developing emergency services by helping to restructure the emergency services at the Center.

The team, the American Surgeon disclosed, has also been working on an ultra-sound initiative, with the hope of installing the technology at the Hospital to improve imaging and diagnostic testing.

A three-man HEART delegation, which has already spent nearly a month in the country, is also collaborating with the Clinton Global Initiative for the establishment of an HIV Treatment and Referral Center at JFK.

Dr. Kotlyah said the establishment of the Center would go a long way in addressing the lack of an HIV Treatment Center at the Hospital.

He disclosed that there is availability of medication for what he referred to as "opportunistic" infections through the global Fund, but observed that the drugs can not be dispensed due to lack of a mechanism to dispense the medication.

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