The Cummings Africa Foundation, the humanitarian project of the family of the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) has launched the first of the six Covid-19 treatment centers that the Foundation earmarked to support in six hospitals in five counties.
Flagging up the project yesterday, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, the Country Director of the Cummings Africa Foundation Mrs. Wede Elliot-Brownell, said the institution which was founded in 2015 by the Cummings family and headed by Mrs. Teresa Cummings, was pleased to be working with the hospital in its efforts to fight the Covid-19 virus in the country by establishing a treatment center there to focus on caring for Covid patients.
“As you know, the Foundation has made a commitment and reached out to several hospitals and clinics in five counties and is starting the distribution process this week of medical supplies and equipment. St. Joseph Catholic is the first”, she said.
The country director said besides the items donated towards the function of the center, additional beds are to be delivered along with a consignment of cleaning and hygiene supplies. Mrs. Brownell added that the value of the donation and related costs to Catholic Hospital when the additional items are delivered will exceed US$12,000 promising to such the hospital and the other efforts to eradicate the deadly disease from the country.
Items presented at the brief ceremony include 2 Oxygen Concentrators,10 Oxygen Regulators, 15 Oximeters, 2,000 Gloves, 1,000 Face Masks,5,000 Paracetamol Pills, 5,000 Zinc Pills, 6,000 Vitamin C Pills, 3,000 Azithromycin Pills and 1,000 Selenium Pills.
It can be recalled that at the height of the recent upsurge of the covid-19, the Cummings Africa Foundation made a huge commitment to work with the government and other partners to combat the wave of the pandemic and liaise with several hospitals and health centers to identify the most urgent needs per medical facility to effectively respond. The purpose of the treatment centers is to increase the capacity of existing hospitals and clinics to effectively treat Covid-19 cases.
According to CAF, besides Montserrado County, treatment centers are to be located at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi, the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, the G.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie and the Esther and Jereline Koung Medical Center in Ganta, Nimba County
Information available from CAF furthered that inclusive of the six (6) treatment centers, a total of fourteen (14) health centers in Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba, Bomi and Maryland Counties will benefit from medical supplies, equipment and drugs and that to expedite the process given the nature of the Covid-19 emergency, almost all items were procured locally from existing suppliers.
According to CAF the following items will be provided to the health facilities that will benefit from scheme which include, 24,000 face masks, 12,000 pairs of gloves, 200 Oximeters, 107 Regulators, 92 Oxygen Canisters, 4 Oxygen Concentrators, Assortment of Medicines– Paracetamol, Azithromycin, Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamin C and Assortment of Hygiene and Cleaning Supplies.
Giving the breakdown of the hospitals and clinics to receive support, CAF named them by counties where in Montserrado, St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, Redemption Hospital, ELWA Hospital, Star Base Clinic and Fidelity Clinic are beneficiaries, for Margibi CH Rennie Hospital and Barcolleh Health Center are in the picture,Bomi has one slot in the Government Hospital, Nimba County has five centers and include G.W. Harley Hospital, Ganta Methodist Hospital, Bahn Health Center, Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center and the Esther & Jereline Koung Medical Center and last but not the least, Maryland County with J.J.Dossen Hospital and Glofaken Clinic.