In the wake of persistent complain over lack of needed medical supplies and financial support to run the Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia’s Finance and Health Ministers say Phebe Hospital has received US$1.5m out of US$1.9m allotted for it in the budget by government.
Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah gave the clarity when both officials appeared before the Plenary of House of Representatives Thursday, 30 May to address major challenges at Phebe Hospital.
The two officials appeared at the House of Representatives as a result of a communication written by Bong County District #3 Rep. J. Marvin Cole, informing the plenary that there were reports that the doctors at the Phebe Hospital were using phone light at night in the hospital.
According to Minister Jallah, at the time Phebe Hospital was complaining about the shortage of drugs and fuel, the hospital had US$250,000 in its account.
Minister Jallah explains that regarding Phebe Hospital, she had a privilege to find out the details of the concerns being raised by the hospital.
In her assessment of the situation, Minister Jallah reveals that she learns that there is no written document to say that Phebe is a government hospital.
According to her, the hospital is being run by a board and most of the members of the board are Methodist and other faith – based.
She says government has a deputy position on that board, which she says makes it difficult to check the finance at Phebe Hospital.
For his part, Minister Samuel Tweah also confirms that the Phebe Hospital has received US$1.5m.
He narrates that under the leadership of President George Manneh Weah, the health and education sectors have been a major priority.
The Finance Minister reveals that government has US$16 million in grant for the health sector, and US$6 million has been used.By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley