President Johnson Sirleaf's Good Friday Tours

Friday, 6th April 2007
This anesthetic machine is a part of the consignment of medical equipment donated by the Japanese Government.
This anesthetic machine is a part of the consignment of medical equipment donated by the Japanese Government.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The government of Japan has presented a consignment of medical equipment to the government of Liberia. The consignment which includes surgical and delivery machines, was presented Friday at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital in Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who participated in a brief presentation ceremony, thanked the Japanese government for the donation, which she said represents a strong commitment to the bilateral cooperation Japan and Liberia have agreed to resume. A Japanese assessment Team, the President disclosed, is due in Liberia in May, to carry out a full assessment of medical and other facities in Liberia. An initial assessment personnel from Japan is already in the country.

An Executive Mansion release says, the visit is a direct result of discussions between the Liberian leader and Japanese government officials on possible areas of cooperation between the two countries.

During the Liberian leaderís recent European visit, Japan announced that it would resume full bilateral relations with Liberia. Details are being worked out between foreign ministry officials of the two countries.

Earlier, while at the JFK medical hospital, the President was taken on a guided tour of the Liberian-Japanese Maternity Friendship Center by hospital staff, led by the Chief Administrator, Dr. McDonald. The President thanked the management and staff for the sacrifices being rendered the country and its people. President Johnson Sirleaf assured the staff that government will continue to provide assistance to the hospital to make it more serviceable to the people.

Meanwhile, The President says there is a need for the Ministries of Public Works and Lands & Mines to visit the Unity Market Site in Paynesville, to work out plans for the erection of a temporary market site in the area. The President said government intends to construction a modern market in the Omega area, which will serve as a model for future markets in the country. The President was responding to a request by marketers at the red light market to issue an announcement requesting marketers at the red light to relocate to the Omega Site due to the congestion at the red light market.
President Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the congestion which she observed also poses a health hazard, but said any relocation must be planned properly to avoid congestion at the proposed site.
ďWe canít be running from one congestion and running into another,Ē she advised the marketers.

The President, who also visited the Broad Street Beautification Project, thanked the Project Director, Madam Mary Broh and staff for their dedication and commitment to the project. The President also lauded the Head of a local Community Association for an initiative to keep their areas clean. She expressed the hope that other communities will follow the example of the Broad, Ashmun & Front Steets (BARAFS) Community Association to give their areas a facelift. The Liberian leader assured the Head of the group, Madam Wilhelmina Tonia Bowman that government would provide the necessary assistance to complement their efforts.

During the Broad Street tour, the President also drove past the Ducor Palace Hotel where squatters now reside. The President Thursday directed the Ministry of Justice to work out plans for the eventual eviction of squatters from the premises, to make way for renovation work by the Libyan government.