Monrovia, Liberia: In what many Liberians consider a philanthropic and patriotic move, former Liberian Minister of Finance, Amara Konneh, on Wednesday, January 16, 2018, rushed to the aid of the largest medical facility in Gbarpolu County, donating 200 gallons of fuel to the Chief Jallah Lone medical hospital.
Mr. Konneh’s donation was a response to the cry of dozens of female protesters from across Gbarpolu County, who were protesting because the hospital had been non-operational for over a month due to lack of fuel for the hospital’s generator.
The lack of fuel to operate the hospital generator meant, significant medical services such as major and minor surgeries, Caesarian Section, storage of plasma and blood supplies, the safe keep of certain drugs as well as proper maternal care were non-existent.
In addition to the fuel donation which was intended to get the hospital up and running, Mr. Konneh promised to meet with counties authorities to initiate strategies to avert such situation from reoccurring.
Mr. Konneh termed as embarrassing, the current situation, and said that it is an affront to citizens of the county who deserve much attention and the benefits of basic services such as medical, like any other part of Liberia.
According to reports, the 200 gallons of fuel donated by Mr. Konneh is expected to arrive in Bopolu City on Thursday.
Hon. Amara Konneh, a citizen of Gbarpolu County, served as one of three Finance Ministers during the regime of President Ellen Johnson. He is currently an Executive of the World Bank based in Washington DC, USA. He was previously based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he served as the World Bank regional director for the East African region and oversaw a US$3 billion development budget for the region.