Nimba County: Hundreds of Nimba County residents have started to benefit from a weeklong, free medical outreach program that ArcelorMittal Liberia and the Nimba County Health Team has launched.
A group of doctors and nurses from ArcelorMittal Liberia as well as the Nimba County Health Team are simultaneously visiting Gbapa and Lugbeyee and providing free medical care. This includes onsite physical examinations and consultations, treatment and referrals for special cases.
Voluntary vaccination for COVID-19 and screening for other illnesses is also being carried out.
The launch of the free medical outreach in Gbapa on January 10, 2022, brought together local chiefs and officials, several women, and youth and will last for a week.
” We are working with three communities within the rail and mining communities and primarily targeting children, youths, and women. Common illnesses we treat include Malaria, Respiratory Infection (Cough), Skin Diseases (Fungus Infection) and Sexually Transmitted Disease. “When we see a serious illness (complication), we’ll refer you to the hospital,” Dr. Garfee William, Chief Medical Officer at AML Health Services.
Nimba County Health Officer Dr. Netty Joe assured beneficiaries they would do everything they can to capture all targeted communities and that those with complications will be referred for surgery. This team is expected to arrive in Nimba by March.
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The Statutory Superintendent for Sanniquellie Mahn district Eric Tokpah praised ArcelorMittal Liberia as well as the Nimba County Health Team, who have prioritized the health and wellness of the community through their free medical outreach.
The local official called for a continuation of such a health program for his people.
Also speaking, Matthew Dolo, Clan Chief of Gba Clan said that the health services being offered, coupled with other recent social development activities have made them feel the impact of ArcelorMittal Liberia.
ArcelorMittal Liberia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Eric Swen explained said while AML is not a perfect company, it continues to demonstrate that it values its relationship with communities accelerating direct engagement to further cement the strong bond.
Swen said, “We have helped build a clinic in Gbapa. But how many people are aware? We have learned from our mistakes and we are now coming to you with AML’s recommendations for you, so that you can see how the company treats you. “
The objective of free medical outreach which was earlier launched in Grand Bassa County is to improve access to medical services including immunization, coupled with awareness on COVID-19 prevention in these communities.
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