President Sirleaf Furthers Christmas Spirit with Visits

Tuesday, 26th December 2006
President Sirleaf consoles a young patient during her Christmas visit to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
President Sirleaf consoles a young patient during her Christmas visit to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
Photo Credit: James Garrison, Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been visiting a number of Institutions and prominent personalities in furtherance of the Christmas Spirit. Sundayís visit took the President to the homes of a number of senior citizens, including the widow of the late Standard bearer of the Liberia Action Party, Mrs. Jackson F. Doe; the illing Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Monrovia, Archbishop Michael Francis; Mother Margaret George, a retired Pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church and Mrs. Mary Brownell, an educator and a former member of the National Elections Commission.

The President who spent moments with the respective individuals, inquiring about their wellbeing, extended warm greetings to the Senior citizens and wished them the blessings and joy of the Christmas holidays. President Johnson Sirleaf extended special get-well greetings to Archbishop Francis, and prayed that God would restore his health. During the visit, the Bishop responded with occasional smiles, in an apparent acknowledgement of the Presidentís gesture and greetings of goodwill.

Meanwhile, President Johnson Sirleaf has distributed toys to children at various health centers in the Monrovia area. The President has also presented an assortment of food items to the hospitals to help the staff celebrate the Christmas holidays. The Liberian Leader made the presentations today when she visited a number of health centers and a Charity, including the Catholic Hospital; the J.F.Kennedy Memorial hospital; the Catholic-run, Missionaries of Charity and the S.D. Cooper Hospital.

The President thanked members and staff of the institutions for their sacrificial services to the country and its people, and expressed her governmentís determination to improve the health care delivery system of the country. The President, who earlier worshipped at the St. Peterís Lutheran Church in Sinkor, urged the congregation to reached out to the unfortunate ones in the true spirit of Christmas. Her government, she said, was determined to reach out to all of its citizens.

In a related development, the President has inspected the Broad Street Beautification Project being undertaken by government. The coordinator of the Project, Madam Mary Broh assured the President that the project is on course.

The President has also turned on the Christmas Tree on the Providence Island in Monrovia, at a program Sunday evening on the Island. The President praised efforts by the Ministry of Information family to revitalize the Island. She described the occasion as a manifestation that the Liberian renaissance has begun, and urged all Liberians to united and embrace the future with hope.