The proprietor and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Refuge Place Maternal Child and General Clinic, Dr. Musoka P. Fallah, on behalf of the clinical staff, has presented a second-hand new Nissan Pathfinder ambulance to the head of the Montserrado County Health Team (MCHT), Dr. Fred Amagashi.Dr. Fallah is a Liberian who undertook his medical studies in the United States, but has since returned home to contribute “free of charge” to the rebuilding of the education and health sectors.He is a visiting assistant professor at A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. Dr. Fallah has extensive experience working in humanitarian crises with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia (MSF) during the heat of the Liberia civil war. He has over five years of experience in development work. Dr. Fallah is currently working on a consultancy contract with a USAID-funded project to develop a program for the recruitment, training and deployment of community health officers. His clinic is located in Bassa Town, Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia. It offers 100 percent “free medical services” to the over 4,672 inhabitants of the community, which contains about 560 houses.The clinic, which operates on the motto, “Zero Deaths to Mothers and Children, was established last June, but was forced to shut down due to the unprecedented wave of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). It resumed full operations in October with 42 staffers that are divided into two groups; one of which is implementing the clinical outreach program, while the other works directly under the supervision of the officer-in-chargeThe ambulance presented yesterday, marked NG 0456, is valued at US$8,000. It was presented to Dr. Amagashi, Montserrado County Officer. The van is to be used by the MCHT mainly in the Gardnerville Community including Montserrado Electoral District #s 11, 12 and 13 respectively.According to Dr. Fallah, the presentation of the ambulance is part of the Refuge Place Clinic Administration’s effort to identify with the government through the authorities of the Ministry of Health, for use by the MCHT.“As a partner, we are happy that we intervened with relevant stakeholders during the Ebola fight even though we had some constrains since we are just a small partner, but we are concerned about maternal services. This is why we have presented the ambulance to bring the sick, but mainly the expected mothers to the nearby health facility when the need becomes necessary,” Dr. Fallah declared as he presented the van to Dr. Amagashi to a round of deafening applauses.Refuge Place Clinic Officer-In-Charge (OIC), N’Chung Eben, who presented the keys of the ambulance to Dr. Amagashi, outlined some of the challenges in the health delivery system, especially in the area of maternal care. She expressed confidence that with the coming aboard of Dr. Fallah, her staff would endeavor to restore confidence in patients when it comes to administering of services at the Refuge Place Clinic. Shortly after he received the ambulance, Dr. Amagashi said he was elated and gratified, while his assistant clinic supervisor, Levi O. Yarnay, described Dr. Fallah as someone who is not so strange, because he stood by the MOH during the Ebola fight last year. Yarnay said Dr. Fallah was one of the doctors that introduced the newest and best practice health delivery services to Johnsonville; as well as established community engagement and active case findings, which supported the fight that led to Ebola eradication from Liberia.Yesterday’s presentation ceremony was attended by an array of local officials, including the Gardnerville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kanneh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THOUSAND OAKS – A Swedish Sankta Lucia festival of lights is one of the special holiday events set for next month at California Lutheran University, including Christmas concerts, a Las Posadas procession, an Advent Vespers worship service and Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations. All the events are free, although free-will donations will be accepted at the Advent service and a series of Christmas festival concerts. The Swedish tradition of the Sankta Lucia Festival has been a part of CLU’s Christmas celebration since the early years of the university, which was founded by Scandinavian settlers in Thousand Oaks. The event is scheduled at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel. Sankta Lucia, a Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13 in 304 A.D., is remembered in the festival of lights, involving five women, who represent Sankta Lucia and her attendants, and five male escorts. The university’s Hillel Jewish Student Organization will host a Hanukkah celebration on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building. In celebration of the Jewish holiday, which officially begins at sundown Dec. 25, students have invited residents from the community to join in the lighting of the menorah. The university community will also host an Advent Vespers worship service featuring the CLU Choir under the direction of Wyant Morton on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. Advent is the season four weeks prior to Christmas. CLU is at 60 W. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The university’s symphony, choirs and student soloists will present the annual Christmas Festival Concerts on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday honoring family, community and culture, will also be celebrated on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Preus-Brandt Forum. The traditional Kwanzaa, started in Africa to celebrate the first fruits of the season, is observed for seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and emphasizes togetherness and unity. A re-enactment of Las Posadas will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Las Posadas, an age-old re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter and a place for the birth of the baby Jesus, is celebrated in Mexican-American communities.