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Citizens want Phebe’s chief doctor quit

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Several residents of Bong County and some workers at the Phebe Hospital are calling on the Medical Director at the hospital Dr. Jefferson Sibley to resign his post with immediate effect so as to save the image of the institution.

Dr. Jefferson Sibley who succeeded Dr. Garfee Williams in 2012 as Medical Director at Phebe Hospital is said to be falling into trouble over his alleged defense in favor of four individuals suspended for alleged corrupt motive.The concerned citizens and the health workers have stressed the need for Dr. Sibley to resign and depart the Phebe compound while the audit is ongoing to discourage coercion of the auditors.

Under the stewardship of Dr. Sibley, there have been claims of alleged corruption scandals at the only referral hospital in central Liberia, leading to the suspension of four senior staff from the hospital. Some of the citizens are expressing fear that the presence of Dr. Sibley at the hospital will undermine the audit that is being conducted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).

“For me I want to call on Dr. Jefferson Sibley to step aside until the audit is conducted, because I know among those who were indicted, he has his interest,” one of the professional nurses who begged not to be named told our Bong County correspondent.

Another eminent resident of Gbarnga, Alexander S. Koromah says he wants Dr. Sibley to immediately resign on grounds that there has been some level of alleged mismanagement under the Chief Medical Doctor’s watch.At the same time, some of the health workers are questioning the role of Rev. Victor Padmore, the Chaplain of the hospital as acting administrator.

Rev. Padmore was appointed by the Board of the Hospital to serve as Acting Administrator following the suspension of Mr. KersonSaykor.
The citizens claim that Rev. Padmore does not have the qualifications and human relations to lead the institution as acting administrator.
They describe his appointment as a total attempt to undermine the progress of the hospital.

As Champlain, Mr. Padmore earns US$733 dollars while professional nurses at the hospital make below US$200, a situation many have described as bad for health practitioners.However Mr. Padmore says he was appointed to serve, but not to be rebutting lies spread by citizens.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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