By Emmanuel Togbah , Jr.
Progress in Liberia health care delivery is also hampered by high levels of malnutrition and a fragile healthcare system that deny children a fighting chance to survive common childhood illnesses.
To make matters worse, pregnant women and mothers are also at risk. Liberia has one of the world’s highest rates of maternal mortality. One out of every ten women dies while pregnant, giving birth to their babies or in the aftermath of delivery.
When a mother dies, the likelihood of her baby dying increases.
Close to one in three children and adults live five kilometeres or more from a health facility. Trained health staff is in short supply in Liberia especially in rural communities.
But how are Liberians helping to fight or reduce maternal mortality remain key in the country.
In Bong County electoral district # 2 representative James M. Kolleh as per his campaign promised, has brought into the district an ambulance worth United States Dollars, Fifty-Five Thousand Seven-hundred and Fifty (US$ 55,750.00).
He told our reporter that during his campaign within the district it was made clear that if he is elected to the district highest seat he was not going to take a vehicle that is normally given to lawmakers after been elected , instead it will be donated to the district for their used .
Representative Kollah disclosed that upon him winning the election, he was given US$ 41,000 as an elected lawmaker to buy an official vehicle , true to his campaign promised , he later added fourteen thousand Seven-Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars (US$14,750) to the money given to him by the house in order to buy an ambulance for his district .
What many may describe as a new dawn was seen over the weekend, October 1, when Representative James Kolleh flanked with supporters and office staffers entered electoral district #2 with an ambulance.
Women and youth were seen in jubilant mode as they praised their lawmaker “Hon. Kolleh is a real talk and do man”. They said.
On October 1, 2022, Kolleh fulfilled his November 16, 2021, representative by-election promise in the district.
It can be recalled Bong County District#2 by-election was created as the result of former Liberia Deputy Speaker Prince K. Moye who defeated former Senator Henry W Yallah during the December 2020 special Senatorial elections.
After creating the space by his ascendancy to the Liberian Senate , electoral district#2 was vacant and needed a representative at the 54th National Legislature.
Scores of Citizens Gather to Welcome Rep. Kolleh and Team With the Ambulance in Gbarnga
Based upon the pronouncement of the vacant representative position, sons and daughters of the district decided to contest and represent their people in the parliament.
During the Election, Mr. James M. Kolleh promised the people of Jorquelleh district#2 to present a brand-new ambulance to them if allowed to serve the district.
Upon the ambulance’s arrival in the district, several Youth groupings including women, cyclists, and the disabled Communities were seen celebrating and describing the district Lawmaker as (TALK AND DO).
At his Political office in Gbarnga , Rep. Kolleh called on his supporters to always remain calm as they have done in the past, adding that Political shame is what killing his opponent in the district.
Rep Kolleh also inform the gathering that he remains committed to the progess, peace and Development of his district.
Also speaking in a joyful mood some of the district inhabitants pledged their unfinished support to the reelection bid of honorable James M Kolleh come 2023 presidential and legislative elections.
The citizens also use the medium to call on the opposition in the district to step aside and give honorable Kolleh the chance to do more tangible Developments for them in the region.
The designated date for the official presentation of the Ambulance is not yet know.
Great effort in support of our county’s healthcare delivery system, particularly in the area of maternal and newborn healthcare. Be assured of our collaborative support as we all endeavor to improve the likelihood of our people @Hon Kolleh.