American Health Team Arrives at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital

Saturday, 18th November 2006
A Representative of the Team, Dr. Simon Kotlyah, in an interview  with newsmen at the JKF Medical Center
A Representative of the Team, Dr. Simon Kotlyah, in an interview with newsmen at the JKF Medical Center
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Monrovia, Liberia - An American Health Team, Health Education and Relief through Teaching (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.

The three-man Heath Education and Relief through Teaching Team, 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.

Meanwhile, it has been disclosed that the Clinton Foundation has made available funds for the setting up of a clinic to be build in a few weeks. The Clinic to be staffed by local Liberian Doctors will treat patients with HIV and infectious diseases. The Foundation has contributed nearly 12-thousand United States Dollars 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. Former President Bill Clinton and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 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.