BUCHANAN Ì¶ Hundreds of residents of Complex No.3 in Grand Bassa County have started receiving free medical services from a team of doctors and health workers from ArcelorMittal Liberia in collaboration with the health team from Grand Bassa County (CHT).
The community health awareness initiative was recently launched in Siahn, Wee statutory district.
According to Dr Garfee Williams, Chief Medical Officer of ArcelorMittal Liberia, the community health awareness is targeting at least six communities along the railway line in Grand Bassa with on-site physical examination and medical consultations, medical treatment and counseling. special case references if necessary.
Dr Williams said essential drugs for the treatment of diarrhea, typhoid, infections and other common illnesses and illnesses, as well as COVID, cervical cancer and other vaccines of routine, are also provided free of charge to communities.
Until December 18, Dr Williams said the outreach team will visit different communities every day.
âWhat we are doing today is supporting the county health team and the government. We would like to congratulate the government by providing you with essential medicines and treatments, because ArcelorMittal believes it has a responsibility to the communities along the railway, âhe said.
Speaking on the goal of free medical awareness, Eric Swen, head of corporate responsibility at ArcelorMittal Liberia, said the company has invested in the initiative because communities along its mining operations , Railways and Buchanan Port are at the heart of the business, and working with them is the best way to partner.
âWhen we work together, we can solve common problems and meet some of the developmental needs and challenges you face,â he told residents of the rail community.
He said the company will increase its community engagement activities in the future through partnerships with local community leaders.
Grand Bassa County Health Officer Dr Sylvester O. Wheh praised ArcelorMittal for the partnership which he says will bring significant health relief to residents of local communities.
âWe want to thank the ArcelorMittal family who have found it necessary to provide these services to our staff along the tracks every three months,â said Dr Wheh.
A similar community outreach initiative will soon be launched in Nimba, targeting the impact communities of ArcelorMittal Liberia.
Over the years, ArcelorMittal Liberia has continued to increase its investments in healthcare and social services for communities and its workforce, with improvements to its hospitals in Yekepa and Buchanan. The company has also been a private sector leader on the front lines of response pandemics such as the Ebola virus outbreak and now COVID-19 with huge donations of essential medical supplies and sanitation and hygiene equipment.