Vice President Boakai Receives Medical Equipment in U.S.

Thursday, 28th May 2009
Detroit, Michigan - The Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, has received medical equipment, supplies and medication worth more than $500,000.  The equipment, which includes a portable x-ray machine, a mammography machine for detecting breast cancer in women, and a dialysis machine, were donated by World Medical Relief based in Detroit, Michigan, following a passionate appeal by the Liberian Vice President.  

A release from the Vice Presidentís Office said Vice President Boakai was visibly moved nearly to tears and overcome with joy while receiving the donation.  He said that it was regrettable that Liberian women had to travel to Ghana and other countries to conduct a mammogram.  He lamented that scores of women die each year due to the lack of a mammogram machine in Liberia.  He said the portable x-ray machine will come in handy during emergencies and the dialysis machine would help save the lives of hundreds of Liberians who have suffered kidney failure.

Following an inspection of the facilities of the Detroit based World Medical Relief, Vice President Boakai said Liberia has an acute need for equipment and medication because of massive destruction to the pharmaceutical industry during the civil crisis.  He also appealed for medical missionaries to consider visiting and offering their services in Liberia.

The CEO of World Medical Relief, Ms. Rita Grezlik, recalled that the firm has in the last 16 years shipped several container loads of medical supplies and related items to Liberia for use in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and other medical institutions.  She said her organization remains ready to assist Liberia in its reconstruction and rebuilding process.

It is expected that the equipment will be shipped to Liberia as soon as Government can allocate money to cover the cost of shipping.