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  • NaFAA Boss Commends Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation

In an effort to address the immediate critical health needs of Liberians, particularly children living with heart disease, the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority is calling on the government, the business community, especially the private sector, and international partners to partner with and financially support the management of the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation.

Rescue Children Heart Foundation is a Liberian-owned medical institution established to address cardiac issues affecting Liberian children and adults.

“We are encouraging the management of John F. Kennedy Medical Center JFK and our health authorities, especially the Ministry of Health, to continue to partner with the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation and increase their support for this great initiative, especially the establishment of a cardiac surgery unit at the JFK medical center.”

Addressing the audience last weekend during the official launch of the foundation and national fund drive for the establishment of a cardiac surgery unit at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco challenged the government through the Legislature to invest in the development of Liberian children, especially in their healthcare and education.

“Ladies and gentlemen, let me state categorically that, as a nation, in order to save the future, we must invest in the development of our children, especially in their healthcare and education. This is a hint for our country. “I too believe that a healthier and better prepared child will lead to an innovative youth and a dedicated and patriotic statesman.”

Madam Glassco said the effort by the management of the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation is about the great courage and spirit of the children and other beneficiaries, including young people and even older people.

At the same time, Hon. Glassco noted that the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation initiative is about proving an opportunity to save lives. She describes their effort as being laudable and in the interest of Liberian children.

“For today’s occasion, it is not just the extraordinary sacrifices, professionalism, and dedication by the team of the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation. It is also about the great courage and spirit of the children and other beneficiaries, including young people and even older people. It is about providing an opportunity to save a life.

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority boss added that the occasion is about the extraordinary sacrifices, professionalism, and dedication of the team at Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation. She went on to say that it is also about the great courage and spirit of the children and other beneficiaries, including young people and even the elderly, and about giving someone the chance to save a life.

Madam Glassco said they anticipate that the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation will serve as a beacon of hope for the children and the greater population, and that foundation’s program document clearly stated its commitment to the development of continuous and sustainable cardiac surgery in Liberia while at the same time serving as a bridge between parents and their children and the transition to a more comfortable lifestyle following the diagnosis of heart disease.

She challenged the management of the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation to uphold its core values and provide the best in delivering equitable healthcare, especially for the Liberian children and adults living with heart disease. She urged that it should not be a death sentence but a means of hope.

The Liberian Fisheries Expert anticipates that the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation will serve as a beacon of hope for the children of Liberia and the greater population.

Madam Glassco disclosed that Liberia has made some gains in the health sector. She recalled that recent reports from the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) 2023 scorecard graded Liberia at 66% on health expenditure but with a struggling 33% on child health. She pointed out that these are encouraging signs, but as a country, she added, Liberia still has a long way to go to make significant gains.

Madam Glassco commended Liberian health workers and the government for the achievements made so far in the health sector. She furthered that national data shows a total of 198 children were diagnosed with heart disease over the past 5 years at the JFK medical center.

“The research conducted on the prevalence and pattern of heart disease amongst the pediatric age group in Liberia also established that for every 1000 children born, 8 of them will have heart disease, while 72.6% of all children with heart disease in Liberia die without receiving treatment.” “The situation requires serious attention, especially where cardio-related diseases in Liberia, once diagnosed, are a death sentence,”

She termed the efforts by the management of the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation a laudable venture and requested that it attract the support of every well-meaning Liberian and international partner.

She noted that NaFAA, as an institution, pledged its support to the initiative undertaken by the management of the Rescue Children’s Heart Foundation and hoped that its programs would cover the children of fishing communities as well, noting that they too need their services. Madam Glassco pledged NaFAA’s support through its 2023 corporate social responsibility budget.

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