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Ebola Emergency Monrovia: The Paediatric Department has reopened

Seventy days after the opening of the Maternity Department, St Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia was reopened on February 2, 2015, on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and the Day for Consecrated Life. 

The long period spent preparing the personnel and the premises according to the safety and security protocols, has made it possible to offer the Paediatric Department and its outpatient units to serve the people of Liberia. By sunrise on the Monday, many children accompanied by their parents were already entering, in an orderly fashion, the doors of the hospital,  to be the first patients to be examined: a sense of relief for their parents but also for the children who had often travelled long distances to receive quality care – that very same care that had been provided for two months already to the mothers and women in the Maternity Department, which has now become a benchmark for the whole country for the treatment of mother-and-child illnesses.

This event marks a further step forward in the response that the Catholic Church in Liberia, through the Brothers of Saint John of God, is making in the health care sector in this period marked by the Ebola epidemic. On the eve of the opening, the Communityof Brothers was received by the Apostolic Nunzio, Mgr Miroslav  Adamczyk.

Once again, we have to express our deepest gratitude to all those men and women of goodwill, and to all the Associations and NGOs that are working with the Brothers of St John of God to provide care for the sick and needy of Liberia, following in the footsteps of our Father Founder, Saint John of God.

 

 

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