Report emerging from Bong County says the only referral hospital in the county, the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko District is currently in darkness due to lack of fuel.
Making the disclosure in an interview with this paper on 22 January at the health facility, Phebe Hospital Administrator Mr. Kerson Saykor says fuel used to operate the hospital has finished.
According to him, the hospital is not capacitated to get additional fuel due to limited funding in the hospital’s budget.
Mr. Saykor explains that the hospital currently has hundred gallons of fuel for operations. He says this situation compels the hospital to put its generator on only when there is an emergency case.
The Phebe Administrator terms the situation as serious impediment to the smooth operation of the only referral hospital in the central region.
He explains that nurses and doctors assigned at the hospital are currently using Chinese lights to treat patients at the entity.Concerning other challenges, Mr. Saykor cites the lack of ambulance as serious setback to the hospital.
According to Mr. Saykor, the two ambulances at the hospital are down and need repairs.He discloses that some of the vehicles have problems that will cost a little over US$3,000.00 to repair them.
Mr. Saykor calls on Bong County Legislative Caucus, well-meaning citizens and the government to quickly intervene into the situation to save the lives of patients that are on hospital beds in the county.
He says if the hospital must continue to carry on its normal operations, government needs to quickly come to their aid.“Imagine if someone is using Chinese light to carry on operation, you know what happens? The person’s life can’t be saved,” Mr. Saykor explains.
Meanwhile, the Bong County Health Team has promised to make quick intervention in the situation.The Health Team through its Chief Administrator Jonah N. Tokpah states that they are currently engaging the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health to speedily provide fuel for the Hospital.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley