The fate of more than 100 patients seeking medication at the Esther and Jereline Medical Hospital in Ganta, Nimba County is in limbo as the head doctor at the privately-owned hospital resigns.
The decision surrounding Doctor Peter George’s resignation is being attributed to alleged corrupt practices at the hospital, coupled with unfair treatment meted against him by the management.
Doctor George names extortion of money from patients despite free services being offered at the hospital, and management’s alleged failure to underwrite his medical bill while he was undergoing treatment in Monrovia, as among reasons for resignation.
The Esther and Jereline Medical Hospital has been providing free medications to patients, but this time around, the administration headed by Mr. Victor Kpaiseh, is allegedly collecting 3,000 Liberian Dollars from each patient before administrating medication.
This paper gathers in the past, several doctors from outside of the country had provided free medical treatments to less privileged people in the county.
When contacted, the administrator of the hospital, Victor Kpaiseh, declines to comment, rather demanding this reporter to produce recording attributed to Doctor George as reason for his resignation.
Meanwhile, the proprietor of the Esther and Jereline Hospital, Nimba County Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung, says he has not received an official letter of resignation from Doctor George, the only medical doctor at the hospital.
However, Representative Koung notes that despite report of Doctor George quitting the institution, there are four doctors currently being sent from Monrovia by the Government of Liberia to take up assignment at the hospital.
By Thomas Domah /Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne