Kru County Health Officer says the county lacks a functional ambulance to transport patients from one facility to another. Dr. Augustine Fannieh told the Voice of Grand Kru recently all three ambulances in the country are down after several repairs.
He says health officials face difficulties in transferring patients due to this situation, adding that on several occasions he had used his assigned vehicle to transfer patients or beg partners and prominent citizens to help the health system with their private vehicles to transport patients.
Dr. Fannieh laments the present situation is critical and needs government and partners’ attention for quick intervention because it is posing serious challenge to healthcare delivery in the county.
He said the three ambulances provided by government have been repaired on numerous occasions and nothing could be done to have them functional again, according to mechanical diagnosis.
He however said the Ministry of Health has been contacted on the issue and it has promised to address the situation. The CHO lauds the World Health Organization for always coming to the aid of the county during emergency cases to transport patients to the referral hospital in Grand Cess.
The Rally Time hospital in Grand Cess, Grand Kru County sometime transfer patients in critical conditions to the J.J .Dossen Memorial hospital in Harper City, Maryland Bounty, but the current lack of ambulance puts the lives of patients’ at serious risk.
Several citizens speaking on the situation said taking into consideration the county current population approximately 70,000 residents without a functional ambulance is a serious health risk mainly for pregnant women and children.
John Chea and Howard Pita speaking to this paper in separate interviews in Barclayville , Grand Kru County over the weekend expressed regret about the lack of functional ambulances to transport sick people despite all of the good representations the county enjoys at the national level.
They call on President George Weah through the Grand Kru Legislative Caucus and local authorities to address the prevailing situation. County Superintendent Doris N. Ylatun, said she is deeply worried over the lack of a functioning ambulance to transport sick patents.
She however assured the citizens that her administration will work closely with the caucus to engage relevant authority responsible to find workable solution to the problem, adding that the situation is posing difficulties to the county health system.
Grand Kru County Senator Dr. Peter Coleman chairs the Senate Committee on Health, while Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie is similarly a native of the county.
By George K. Momo/ Grand Kru–Editing by Jonathan Browne