A Liberian Professional Nurse Madam Comfort Gibson Nyenpan is calling on the Ministry of Health to design measures to get mobile clinics deployed daily at key places at the Gobarchop and Redlight General Markets in Paynesville.
She made the request over the weekend when she addressed hundreds of women selling in the Gobarchop General Market during which she cautioned them on the danger associated with doing business in unhygienic environment.
She wants the mobile clinics deployed to treat people who get sick while selling and buying commodities. Madam Nyenpan says unless government takes concrete steps to shutdown substandard medicine stores operating in the country, the lives of Liberians remain at risk.
She says she has observed that most of the medicine stores operating within the vicinity of Gobarchop Community in Paynesville do not meet the required standards to operate.
But she notes that the medicine stores are taking advantage of the close proximity of the market which hosts hundreds of marketers to administer medications and treatment to people in such an unhealthy environment.
She says it was disheartening to see that the environments in which these medicine stores operate are unhygienic, especially during the rainy season when feces are loosely dumped in the communities.
Responding on behalf of marketers, Madam Medline Yakpa Kona expressed gratitude to Madam Nyenpan and her team for visiting the market and providing health education .
She says it has given marketers a better understanding on what they need to do to avoid contracting diseases. She discloses that there were instances when some mothers lost their children due to their weaknesses to rapidly take their sick children to the clinic to avoid losing their customers and money.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley