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The Government of Liberia and 21 health institutions have last Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The health institutions are Benson Hospital, ELWA Hospital, SDA Cooper Hospital, St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, Ganta United Methodist Hospital and Hope for Women Center.
Others were Bishop Collins Health Center, Goodwill Clinic, Sr. Agnes Health Center, Sr. Barbara Ann Health Center, Star of the Sea Health Center as well as Afro Medical Community Clinic, William Booth Salvation Army Clinic, FEW Diagnostic Clinic, United Liberia Inland Church Clinic, International Polyclinic, Barcolleh Health Center, GHIAL Foundation Health Center, Holy Family Center and Family Medical Center.
The MOU is in continuation of efforts by government to restore routine health services to five counties most affected by the Ebola outbreak in the country. The counties include: Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba and Lofa.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Bernice Dahn disclosed that the MOU is intended to revive essential health services which include maternal & newborn health services, child health services, HIV, Malaria, TB and Emergency Health Services including medical, surgical and obstetric.
According to Minister Dahn, the institutions were selected based on their willingness to provide discount to patients and to have remained opened to the communities during the Ebola crisis in the country.
She explained that the MOU will allow the government through the Ministry of Health to provide subsidy to these institutions as well as providing drugs and medical supplies.
For his part, the spokesperson for the health institutions Dr. Lawrence Sherman lauded the Ministry of Health for the subsidy.