As Liberia strives to improve health care delivery across the country in the post-Ebola period, the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), based in South Korea, has shown its full commitment to support health infrastructure progress in Liberia by donating 21 H-1- based city ambulances to the country.According to a release issued by HMC, the ambulances, equipped with respirators, oxygen tanks and other medical gears, will be delivered to the Government of Liberia through the United Nations in April.To learn more about the HMC donation, the Daily Observer Health Correspondent contacted Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc. whose offices are based in Sinkor, Monrovia and are the official agents for HMC in Liberia. It was confirmed by sources within that company that HMC is indeed contributing the ambulances which are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of April this year and that a communication was sent by Africa Motors to the Executive Mansion to inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In a communication addressed to Mr. GhassanBasma, Chairman of Africa Motors Liberia Incorporated, copy of which was provided to us by our sources, the Vice President and Head of the Africa and Middle East Regional Headquarters of Hyundai Motor, Tom Lee said, “I’m pleased to inform you that Hyundai Motor Company has taken the decision to contribute 21 units of fully fitted ambulances through the United Nations to the Government of Liberia to show our solidarity with the people of Liberia as well as Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc.”The Hyundai Motor Vice President also indicated that the ambulances are to aid not only the fight against Ebola but also support emergency response units catering to patients afflicted with other ailments.According to our source, Africa Motors Liberia Inc. last August brought to the attention of HMC the crisis emanating from the spread of the Ebola virus and the financial constraints on the Government of Liberia as well as the strain on the country’s already weak health infrastructure.Acknowledging the role of Africa Motors Liberia, Hyundai Motor stated that although its support is provided through the United Nations, that support may never have been realized if it were not for Africa Motors raising the urgency of the situation and the need for action and support by HMC to help Liberia strengthen its health care delivery capacity..Africa Motors Liberia Inc. is the sole representative of Hyundai Motor Company in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
HALIFAX – The widow of a Mountie who was struck by a van while helping motorists change a flat tire wants to see a broadening of Nova Scotia’s so-called move-over law.“I actually think that the law should be extended to anybody who is pulled over to the side of the road, whether there is emergency lights flashing or four ways,” Savannah Deschenes said Tuesday at the Nova Scotia legislature.Her husband, Nova Scotia RCMP Const. Frank Deschenes, was assisting two people in an SUV when a cargo van plowed into his cruiser and the SUV on Sept. 12 in Memramcook, N.B.Savannah Deschenes said Tuesday that widening protections would create public awareness of a 2010 law that currently requires drivers to slow down and move into another lane when they approach emergency vehicles stopped at the side of the road.“It’s important to me because my husband was killed in an accident on duty,” Deschenes told reporters.“He had his emergency lights activated and he was still struck. It’s time that everyone become aware of it (the law) and care.”The Progressive Conservatives introduced amendments that would place signage highlighting the law on all 100-series highways and would rename the law as Frankie’s Law in honour of the late officer from Amherst, N.S.The NDP had previously introduced a bill that would reduce a vehicle’s speed to no more than 60 kilometres per hour when passing a tow truck stopped at the scene of a fire or an accident and exhibiting a flashing light.Premier Stephen McNeil said the government would look at all of the proposed changes.“We will take all of the suggestions that are brought forward and combine them perhaps into a single bill,” he said.In December, the 31-year-old Pennsylvania man who was driving the van that struck Frank Deschenes was fined $3,000 and banned from driving for two years by a Moncton, N.B., court.Vasiliy Meshko was also placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to driving without due care.Savannah Deschenes displayed for reporters her husband’s dogtag and a silver bullet casing containing some of his ashes that she wears around her neck.She said her husband, whom she married only months before his death, is “with me at all times.”“We didn’t have the typical date nights like dinner and a movie — we would go shooting his rifles and his personal pistol. This (bullet) was just fitting because we were always at the range.”The 35-year-old officer was known as a dedicated Mountie who worked hard to teach drivers about the need to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles.Originally from northwest New Brunswick, Deschenes was a former member of the force’s famed Musical Ride.