The President of the Republic H.E Dr. George Manneh Weah today dedicated and Officially Opened the doors to the first National Dialysis Treatment Center at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.
Dialysis in involves the process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally. This is referred to as renal replacement therapy.
The facility is expected to provide dialysis treatment for patients who are diagnosed with kidney failure or related diseases. The process to have a dialysis treatment center in Liberia was first initiated by the previous government under the Administration of Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf through a partnership with the Tokushukai Medical Corporation, a company based in Japan.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Executive Officer and General Administrator of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Medical Center Dr. Jerry Fahnloe Brown begin by thanking the President of the Republic of Liberia Dr. George Manneh Weah, the Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the Tokushukai Medical Corporation and all who contributed towards the success of achieving such a milestone in the history of Liberia.
Dr. Brown expressed how delighted he is to see the opening of a modern dialysis treatment center with state-of-the-art equipment at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center during his lifetime, something he said the Management of the JFK had long wished for and described the occasion as a historic one.
The JFK CEO also recounted the many instances where Liberians loss their lives at health facilities in the Country due to the lack of a Dialysis Treatment Center in the Country, most of whom he said where prominent citizens and major contributors to the health sector of Liberia.
In his concluding remarks, Dr. Brown stressed three (3) cardinal points in the form of recommendation to the President and other stakeholders for the maintenance and smooth Operation of the facility. The first point he outlined was Human Capacity Building emphasizing the need to trained the Nurses and other health practitioners to manage the facility. His second recommendation was ENERGY SUPPLY or ELECTRICITY indicating that the facility needs stable electricity to operate the Medical equipment effectively inorder to serve the require purpose. Lastly, Dr. Jerry Fahnloe Brown also mentioned the need to supply the facility with the needed medications and other consumables that is require for treatment.
For his part, the President of the Republic of Liberia H.E Dr. George Manneh Weah thanked all the implementing partners of the project including the Chairman of the Tokushukai Medical Corporation, Dr. Afuso Hisaaki, the World Bank , ECOWAS, and the World Health Organization for their support to the project. The President went further to say that for too long Liberians have had to travel out of the Country to seek dialysis treatment. He said, with the opening of the first Dialysis Center in the Country, anyone can get affordable dialysis treatment right in Liberia. The Liberian Chief Executive also stressed the need for appropriate budgetary support for the operation and maintenance of the facility, including the adequate supply of consumables and medications as well as the provision of Training for staff at the facility.
The President named the facility in honor of the former President of the Republic of Liberia Madam Ellen John Sirleaf for the significant role played by her government in the initiation process of the project.