A major health center situated in Kilo Town, Sinoe County, southeast Liberia has been allegedly abandoned by the Ministry of Health. The makeshift structure, which contains five rooms, leaks profusely and lacks window. The dispensary there is no longer conducive to store drugs because its entire ceiling is made of locally-produced mats destroyed by prolonged rain.
An examiner at the clinic, Madam Loretor Glee, told The New Dawn that since government promised to have constructed a new health facility for the people of Kilo Town, it is yet to fulfill the pledge.
She disclosed that the clinic, which was constructed in 2009, has never been rehabilitated.
Madam Glee narrated that whenever rain falls, activities at the center are halted because nowhere for patients and staff to sit to carry out diagnosis, prescription in order to administer medication.
She said to make matter worse, the clinic has not received supplies since February 2016, leaving the administration with no alternative but to transfer patients to the F. J. Grimes Hospital Greenville.
Madam Glee said the center receives patients with malaria cases, especially pregnant women and children despite the lack of drugs.
She added that most of the services are free of charge and that the only utility motorbike there has been parked due to shortage of gasoline.
She called on government to fulfill promise made several years ago to construct a modern health center for the people, who are in dire need of health facility.
There has been no official reaction from the Ministry of Health, but when reporters visited the office of the County Medical Officer in Greenville for comment, he was not available. Editing by Jonathan Browne