Vice President Boakai Condemns Stealing at MercyShip

Sunday, 2nd September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia's Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai has expressed serious concern about condemned recent reports of stealing and looting of items from the MercyShip.

He said it was inconceivable that Liberians can stoop solow as to steal from people who are rendering sacrificiial services to their countrymen.

Speaking Saturday at the dedication of the Ahmaddiyya Clinic in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Vice President Boakai called on whoever is behind this despicable act to show appreciation to MerchyShip which is rendering sacrficial services for their countrymen and stop.

"We want to encourage Liberians to try to be grateful to people who help them, noting, " gratitude is not just telling someone thank you, but rather working with them to improve it".

Vice President Boakai lauded the Ahmadiyya Mission for its contributions to Liberia's educational and health sectors over the years.

"It is often said that a friend in need is a friend indeed. The Ahmaddiya Mission has indeed proven that it is not just a friend in need, but a friend indeed," Vice President Boakai observed.

He said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has always welcomed the participation of all friendly governments and institutions in programs that will give our people hope.

The Vice P{resident also pledged government's willingness to work with all well-meaning groups, irrespective of religious persuasion, noting that Liberians are tolerant of religions as demonstrated by the Secretary General of the Liberia Council of Churches, Benjamin Lartey's presence at the occasion.

Also speaking at the program, a deputy health minister who proxied for Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale, painted a gloomy picture of the Liberian health system.

He disclosed that Liberia which boasted of more than 600 medical doctors before the war, now has only 121 doctors.

He said 48.6 per cent of deliveries in Liberia today are done behind the house by traditional birth attendants.

This he noted, accounts for the high mortaliy rate of 585 out of 100,000 live births.

The clinic is equipped with a medical doctor, operation thearter and pharmacy, among other facilities.