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Locals unhappy over allotment to Phebe Hospital

Several citizens of Bong County have expressed serious frustrations over the manner in which Phebe Hospital was treated in the just ended county council sitting in Gbarnga.Recently at the County Council Sitting, locals say Phebe Hospital was not prioritized in the allotments on grounds that it is receiving funding from government.

Phebe Hospital was allotted US$79,000.00, while the office of the Superintendent was allotted a total of US$96,000.00.The decision by the county authorities to leave out Phebe Hospital has drawn the attention of citizens in the County.

Speaking in separate interviews with our Bong County correspondent recently, the aggrieved citizens say Phebe Hospital has and continues to provide adequate health services to them despite the numerous challenges it faces.

Those interviewed agree that it is true that the county has a lot of projects that should be completed through funding allotted from the county council sitting.However, they equally believe that Phebe Hospital needs to be prioritized.

According to them, the action of the county to deny Phebe Hospital its share of funding from the county council sitting is a sign of neglect on their part to improving the health condition of the citizens.
According to the citizens, the US$96,000.00 allocated to office of the superintendent is too much.
At the county sitting, US$50,000.00 was allotted for the renovation of the Superintendent’s Compound while another $46,000.00 was allotted for administrative expenses, totaling US$96,000.00.

Our correspondent says locals are suggesting that portion of this amount should have been directed to the Phebe Hospital to operate in the interest of the sick.According to report, Phebe Hospital is currently out of essential drugs to cater to patients seeking medical attention at the health facility.

The situation is said to be posing serious threats to the professional works of health workers at Phebe Hospital.In response to the citizens’ calls, Bong County Project Specialist Thomas Cisco says though the name of the hospital was not mentioned at the sitting, US$79,000.00 was later allotted to the health center.

He says based on the citizens call, they later decided to allot the amount for the hospital.His response has received mixed reactions from citizens, many of whom see the allotment as something done out of “gentlemen agreement” by lawmakers.

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By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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