Geebamu International, Incorporated (GII) has broken grounds for a US$1.5million hospital project in Ben Town along the Marshall highway in Margibi County.
The Medical Director of the Firestone Health Services (FHS) Dr. Lyndon G. Mabande, who addressed the groundbreaking ceremony, stressed the need for government to strengthen both private and public health sectors partnership.
He said strengthening partnership with both sectors will go a long way to not just developing, but maintaining an effective and efficient health system in Liberia.
Speaking over the weekend, Dr. Mabandesaid the lack of serious private and public health sectors partnership is affecting the health system here.
According to him, the Ministry of Health does not have a particular unit that is responsible for private health establishments across the nation to understand their plight and what government should expect them to do in building a resilience health system. ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬
He emphasized th¬at government alone cannot provide the quality health care that every Liberian needs, adding it is incumbent on Liberians to engage in self-help initiatives in the health sector.
Dr. Mabandealso stressed that Liberians should begin to invest in the health sector, noting private sector health delivery system is more efficient around the World.
Meanwhile, the President of Geebamu International Incorporated, Josephine Sekajipo, said the health system in Liberia should be prioritized in the nation’s rebuilding process.
Madam Sekajiponoted the poor health system in the country is forcing Liberians, whocan afford to seek medical care abroad, and those who don’t have money to die prematurely.
She said the lack of gloves in the health system led to the death of several doctors and nurses, including health workers during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia.
She indicated that the proposed hospital will contain two stories building with 75 bedrooms, including office spaces which are intended to buttress government’s efforts to buildinga resilience health system.
Madam Sekajipodisclosed the project is being sponsored by donors from the United States of America, who are expected to arrive in Liberia next year to also break grounds for a library project on the 16 acres of land in Ben Town.
She called on Liberians to support the initiative undertaken by Geebamu International to make sure Liberians have access to better health care.
By Bridgett Milton