Vice President Boakai Visits MercyShip

Friday, 16th November 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has commended Africa MercyShip for the invaluable services it has rendered the Liberian people over the past two years, and indicated that the Liberian government would do everything to get the ship back to Liberia.
   
He said health is so essential in everything man does that words are inadequate for the Liberian people to thank MercyShip staff for their invaluable services to humanity, especially the people of Liberia.
   
Vice President Boakai made the remarks Friday during a visit to the floating hospital at the Freeport of Monrovia. The ship’s staff held a forum was held to thank the Ship’s partners in Liberia and the Liberian government for their support to Africa Mercy.
   
The Liberian Vice President wondered how people can afford to leave their loved ones to come and render services without taking credit for it, and lauded the commitment and dedication of the Africa MercyShip staff.
   
Vice President Boakai said what MercyShip is doing should teach Liberians that “love and concern for one another is what gets the world going”.
   
Earlier, the Executive Director of Africa Mercy, Sophie Quist announced that based upon an invitation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa Mercy would return to Liberia in February next year.
   
She said part of Africa Mercy’s goal for returning to Liberia will be to support and mentor the national health policy and increase capacity for medical care as well as render medical services to the needy.
   
Ms Sophie thanked the Liberian government and the Ship’s partners in Liberia for a wonderful partnership in the work of the hospital ship.
   
Ms. Sophie gave a synopsis of the Ship’s operations during its 10-month mission in Liberia, adding “Liberia is close to our hearts”.
   
Also speaking at the forum, the Director of Programs of Africa Mercy, Dr. Udo Kronester, informed the audience that  during its ten-month operations in the country, the ship was involved in health care services as well as community development and other projects.
   
Dr. Kronester disclosed that the ship has a crew of 370 members from 31 countries. He said the ship which has been serving West Africa since 1990, performed over 600 surgeries of various forms during its 10-month stay in Liberia.