A new GeneXpert Machine valued more than US$170,000 has been donated to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) by the United States Government through its Embassy near Monrovia.
GeneXpert Machine is a multiple diagnoser of various infectious diseases such as SARS Covid-2 and Covid-19.
The machine which was turned over at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Barracks on Wednesday, December 16, will be used by AFL Health Services.
According to a release from the Ministry of National Defense, the US Defense Attache, Col. Matthew J. Alden, expressed delight over the long-standing bilateral relationship subsisting between the US Government and the Government of Liberia.
Col. Alden said the donation of the GeneXpert Machine to the AFL is a clear manifestation of the warmed relationship between the two countries, stressing that his government is pleased with the professional growth of the new Liberian Army.
He said the machine will help to address some of the health challenges facing personnel of the AFL and their families.
For his part, Deputy Health Minister for Policy, Planning, and Research, A. Vaifee Tulay, thanked the US Government for such a donation.
“This donation will go a long way in diagnosing infectious diseases that cannot easily be seen by the naked eyes,” Mr. Tulay said.
Receiving the donation, the Minister of National Defense, Maj/Gen. Daniel Dee Ziankahn Jr.,(Rtd) lauded the US government for the donation, stating that the equipment will be used for its intended purpose. He said the donation of the machine has increased the level of healthcare delivery for the military.
The Liberian Defense Minister further applauded the US Government for the level of support rendered the AFL over the years, adding that the US support to the new Liberian military has helped the force to deliver effectively on its responsibility to the people of Liberia.