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Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Catholic Hospital Fighting COVID-19 in Liberia

The Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia, Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas handing over the Pope's donation to the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese. Credit: CABICOL/Facebook

Pope Francis has donated medical equipment to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Holy Father’s donation was presented to the hospital staff Wednesday, August 25 by the Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia, Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia (CABICOL).

“The Holy Father, Pope Francis has demonstrated his closeness and affection to the people of Liberia through the donation of assorted medical supplies to the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, Monrovia for the fight against Covid-19,” members of Liberia CABICOL say in a statement issued Wednesday, August 25.

The Cutting of the the ribbon to unveil the Pope's donation. Credit: CABICOL

The items donated include Grembiule, Bernilene, Vapo spray, Oxygen heads, XTsense, Nose mask, Face shield, Full face mask with headgear, and Visiera per pratezione del volto.

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“We are grateful to the Holy Father for this donation,” CABICOL Secretary General, Fr. Dennis Cephas Nimene told ACI Africa Friday, August 27.

Fr. Nimene recalled that at the “onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis donated ventilators and cash of €40,000 to support the Catholic Church in Liberia.”

“These last donations are a continuation of that supportive solidarity,” the Liberian Priest added.

He went on to explain, “The St. Joseph Catholic Hospital is the only Catholic referral Hospital among the 22 health facilities run by the Catholic Church. It is managed by the St. John of God Brothers.”

Fr. Nimene recalled that the “entire staff (Religious Brothers and Sisters) including nurses fell prey to the Ebola Virus in 2014. Since then, efforts are being made to adequately prepare staff and equip the Hospital.”

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Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas unveils the Pope's donation. Credit: CABICOL

Liberia has recorded at least 5,459 cases of the novel coronavirus including 148 deaths and 2,715 recoveries.

In the August 27 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Nimene said the “Catholic Church has been carrying out COVID-19 vaccination campaigns encouraging citizens to get the jabs.”

In July, the director of the hospital, Br. Peter Lansana Dawoh, provided a comprehensive update on efforts of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and its staff in fighting the third wave of COVID-19. 

The report contains information on donations received during the period from its partners, philanthropists and some agencies of the government of Liberia, including the office of the president.

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Credit: CABICOL

“The staffs have been very pragmatic in the care and management of these patients. People who have seen and witnessed the effort of the hospital in the care and management of the patients suffering from this third wave of COVID-19 have been very supportive,” Br. Dawoh said in the report.

The gesture of the Holy Father to the Church in Liberia comes weeks after a similar donation was extended to Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese.

The August 11 donation saw Pope Francis donate medical equipment to the Good Shepherd Catholic Mission Hospital of Eswatini’s lone Diocese, Manzini, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.