Liberian President william Tolbert last Thursday (30 September) supervised the transfer of young patients from Monrovia's Maternity Canter to the city's new John F.
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GV PAN Maternity hospital
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SV Tolbert watch patient brought to ambulance (3 shots)
SV Tolbert & wife
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SV & SCU Tolbert talking to child
SCU & CU Nurse with child & Tolbert talking (3 shots)
LV & SV EXT. Tolbert shaking hands
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Background: Liberian President william Tolbert last Thursday (30 September) supervised the transfer of young patients from Monrovia's Maternity Canter to the city's new John F. Kennedy Hospital. The paediatric patients were moved because the maternity centre's facilities were reportedly not sufficient to cope with the number of children attending the centre.
The President, who ordered the move that morning, was accompanied during the transfer by his wife.
SYNOPSIS: A number of Monrovia's young patients from Monrovia's were transferred to this new hospital--the John F. Kennedy Medical Centre. They were moved from the city's Maternity Centre on orders from President William Tolbert. The President gave the orders because of the centre's lack of facilities in the face of the number of patients. President Tolbert personally went to the new hospital to supervise the move. The transfer was described as a part of the President's drive to improve medical services and facilities to paediatric patients.
Despite the poor weather, the President reportedly waited two hours to greet the young patients. President Tolbert's interest was said to mark the first time a Liberian president ever personally supervised the transfer of patients from one hospital to another. The President was accompanied by his wife during the move.
The President and his wife spoke to some of the patients and the nurses who were with them. A number of officials from the Kennedy Centre were also on hand.
The multi-purpose Kennedy Medical Centre is a joint Liberian American project. A British pharmaceutical firm has been appointed sole agent for the supplying of drugs to the Centre. It's hoped that the Centre will lead towards improved medical education and services for many of Liberia's doctors and patients.