Liberia’s Foreign Minster, Mrs. Olubanke King Akerele, on behalf of the International Colloquium on Friday, August 15, 2008 presented medical and dental supplies to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.
Minister Akerele is the Co-chair of the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security. The supplies, valued about US$30,000.00 were donated by Unity Healthcare Incorporated of Washington, D.C. as a partner to the Colloquium.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Dental Unit of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Minister Akerele said by the donation, the Unity Healthcare Incorporated has concretely assisted the Colloquium to initialize and capacitate the John F. Kennedy Medical Center as well as help the country to recover from conflict as stated in UNCR B25.
According to Minister Akerele, the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D. C. has provided fifty percent of the shipping cost with the amount of US$1,637.00 for the supplies to reach Liberia. Minister Akerele used the occasion to acknowledge the effort of Ambassador Charles Minor under whose leadership the embassy was able to provide fifty percent of the shipping cost to Liberia.
She applauded Unity Healthcare for joining with the International Colloquium in the initiative that will make a difference, and look forward to partnering with Unity Healthcare Incorporated in future endeavours to bring positive changes in the lives of Liberians. She also recognized the effort of Dr. Ayele Ajavon-Cox, head of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Dental Unit, who acted as a bridge between the International Colloquium and Unity Healthcare Incorporated for the successful implementation of the project.
In a brief remark, Dr. Ajavon-Cox lauded the International Colloquium and Unity Healthcare for the donation which she said came at the time the Hospital was in dire need of supplies.
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