Dr. Francis Kateh, KBNF Partner, Appointed Deputy Minister of Health & Chief Medical Officer of Liberia

 

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has appointed Dr. Francis Kateh Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Liberia.

MONROVIA 4.10.14 004Join KBNF as we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Francis Kateh, as he has accepted the position of Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Liberia. Not a position for the faint at heart, especially in the aftermath of the nationally grave Ebola crisis, Francis has a unique opportunity to have a key leadership role in rebuilding the entire Liberian health care system.
 
Francis deeply cares for his people. Heart Power! at its finest. Dr. Kolee writes: “We are very elated by this and hope that he will exert leadership that will affect the entire country.”
 
 
TAPPITA 8.4.14 063As the Ebola crisis winds down, the established community centres are expected to remain open to support patient care. Dr. Kateh reports that he is earmarking which clinics and hospitals around the country will receive KBNF containers filled to the gills with donated hospital beds, equipment and medical supplies. He believes that these containers will transform these vulnerable centres and bring hope and healing to a hurting nation.
 
 
 
 
His gratitude is palpable. He is anxious to return to Canada and share the stories and photos of the impact our container shipments are making in Liberia. We’ll keep you posted.

Marj
 
 


Ontario in Action: KBNF Makes History

 
ONTARIO BEDS.5On April 15th, 50 beds were loaded in Burlington, Ontario, home of the Crossroads Communications warehouse. Another 100 beds are awaiting transport as soon as KBNF has the shipping funds. These beds were donated by Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital.
 
 
 
 
CROSSROADS COMMUNICATIONS APRIL 15, 2015Canadians across the land have risen to the charge of supporting Liberia in their grave time of need. Dell Wergeland, President of Compassionate Resource Warehouse, worked with David Shelley’s warehouse volunteers, men that have left their busy farms for a few precious hours, to get these 400 pound beds loaded.
 
 
 
 
ONTARIO BEDS.3Donations received and shipped from Ontario is a first for KBNF. Avi D’Souza of Not Just Tourists – Toronto Chapter took this desperate need to heart and took action. Receiving the support of the University Health Network meant quality donations will be in full use for many many years to come, in the heart of Africa.
 
 
 
 
And much appreciation goes to 100 Huntley St. for their generous support in housing these beds and providing the volunteers, several farmers that left their chores during their busy farming season to manually load these beds. THAT is a miracle!

Marj
 
 


A note from Francis Kateh: March 18

 
Liberia has gone 26 days without a single new case. Jackson F. Doe Hospital has been the only hospital that has not shut its doors during the entire crisis. The hospital is fully functional and the need for the supplies on the containers can’t be over emphasized. I am in Ganta doing border surveillance training to help in maintaining Zero in the country. . . . Thanks a million.


Brief Report from Dr. Kateh

The first container to Liberia was received at Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital in Tappita, Liberia after their rainy season. During the rainy season, the trucking route to Tappita from the port in Monrovia was washed out in places and not able to support heavy truck traffic. Consequently, there was a delay in receiving the container’s contents. Jackson F. Doe Hospital, a 250 bed facility, is the major referral hospital for Liberia. It houses the only CT scanner in the country as well as other imaging services not available elsewhere. Consequently, in spite of the fact that it is 6 – 7 hours east of Monrovia by vehicle in the eastern rural district, it is their leading centre. They also accommodate a 6 bed Ebola unit on the outer perimeter of their hospital.

Dr. Francis Kateh, CEO of Jackson F. Doe Hospital, states that the donated “beds have changed the total outlook of the hospital.” They have transformed the character of the hospital. He explains that the replaced beds were improvised structures, not suitable for patient care. They were making do with what they have been given, very inadequate bed frames. A comprehensive report and photos will be provided shortly. Hospital supplies and furnishings are being distributed. The hospitalized children have been so very excited as they receive clothing and toys and the soccer balls and equipment and jerseys are being distributed to the local schools in the adjacent district.

Dr. Francis Kateh is leading the Ebola crisis medical intervention program for Liberia since being appointed by the President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, last August. He reports that during his extensive travels throughout Liberia and Liberia’s health care facilities over the past 8 months, he has had the opportunity to visit and evaluate every hospital, community clinic and Ebola treatment centre. He describes how these facilities are in heartbreaking condition, while depression with hopelessness and helplessness amongst the patients, their families and staff, is evident at the helm. Patients are lying, at best, on iron frames with or without mattresses or lying on carpets on the floor. Resources are scant at best.

The 2nd and 3rd containers are to be released from port in Monrovia next week as final paperwork is now complete. As the Ebola crisis winds down, the established community centres are expected to remain open to support patient care. Dr. Kateh reports that he is earmarking which clinics and hospitals around the country will receive KBNF / Compassionate Resource Warehouse hospital beds. One hospital already confirmed is James Davis Hospital, a maternity hospital in Monrovia, dearly in need.
Dr. Kateh believes that these beds arriving and yet to be shipped will transform these vulnerable centres and bring hope and healing to a hurting nation. His gratitude is palpable. He is anxious to return to Canada and share the stories and photos of the impact our container shipments are making in Liberia.

Dr. Kateh