The Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery has donated several items to the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County. Items donated included twenty-four buckets, two cartoons of soap and towels worth about five hundred United States Dollars.
At the presentation on the hospital’s compound, the Director of Nursing at the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery, Madam Mary Tiah said the gesture follows an assessment carried out at the hospital at which time it was discovered that the hospital was facing problems in the area of disease control.
She expressed her institution’s commitment in helping the Phebe Hospital and all other health centers in the country as they go about executing their duty.
Madam Tiah said the buckets will be used in the ICU and other units of the hospital for hand washing and drinking. Madam Tiah a former Nursing Director at the Phebe Hospital believes much can be achieved if the citizens continue to work together to develop the hospital.
Receiving the materials, the Hospital’s Administrator Kerson Saykor and head of Nursing services Edith Railey-Tellewoyan congratulated the organization for the initiative.
They admitted that there is a serious gap in the hygiene component of the hospital. Mr. Saykor and Mrs. Tellewoyan advised nurses to make proper use of the materials provided by the Nursing Board of Liberia.
The duo believe that if the materials are given proper care, they will serve as motivation for the donor and others who will want to identify with the institution. The Phebe Hospital staff reminded the representatives of the Nursing Board of the many challenges the institution is facing as a referral hospital in central Liberia.
Despite receiving government subsidy of about a million dollar every year sanitary condition at the Phebe Hospital remains discouraging as many entering the hospital have to hold their noses in parts of the hospital to avoid inhaling bad air.
The hospital which continues to complain of insufficient funding for the services it provides, appears unready to handle some of the simple medical cases, does resulting into many deaths in recent times.
The administrator Mr. Saykor told reporters that there were many deaths reported from the beginning of the year due to blood shortage and the lack of instrument to test which type of blood they needed for infusion.
Patients who go to the hospital for treatment are often given prescriptions to purchase their drugs outside of the hospital due to the shortage of drugs at its pharmacy.