The Government of Liberia, through its International Developmental partners, has constructed a midwife clinic in Pelelei Town, Zonta District, Bong County in Central Liberia. Pelelei Town has a population of more than 1500 residents, mostly youths.
A resident of the town, Joseph Sumo, told this paper that since the construction of the clinic residents of the town have been appealing to the district leadership and superintendent Rennie Jackson to transform the midwives center into a local clinic to serve the health needs of the town and surrounding villages, but to no avail.
According to Sumo the midwives center is of no significance to the community at the moment because it does not serve the general medical needs of the population. He indicated that they usually walk about an hour plus to get to the district headquarters in Bellefarnai for treatment whenever there were serious health problems in the town and surrounding villages.
Superintendent Jackson failed to explain details related to the health situation in his home town of Pelelei when contacted by mobile phone yesterday. He promised to contact the County Health Officer, Phebe Hospital’s Medical Director Gafi Williams on the matter, but could not get back to this paper to confirm or deny the Pelelei report.