Head of County Health Team, Doctor Collins Bowah
A patient lies on a table after surgery due to lack of bed
The head for the Nimba County Health Team has disclosed that the only government hospital in Sanniquellie lacks space to accommodate patients admitted there.
Doctor Collins Bowah told the NewDawn Nimba Correspondent the hospital has seven Doctors who perform surgery on patients, but there are no rooms to admit those patients after undergoing surgery, something which he said, has become serious embarrassment for the hospital administration.
Doctor Bowah disclosed that in January, about 125 patients underwent surgery at the hospital, but there was no bed for them so they were constrained to lie on tables and bare floor to receive medication. He said the G.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie is the only government-owned hospital in the provincial city that provides free medical services so patients travel from very far distances to seek medication there.
He said the hospital presently has 80 begs, but due to serious space problem patients sometimes lie on office table for two to three weeks before they are provided begs. Our correspondent who visited the hospital said, patients are left lying on tables and the floor for weeks before they can have a bed space.
He said the G.W. Harley Hospital was constructed in 1940 by an American Missionary, Doctor George Harley.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne