Residents of Maryland County, Southeastern Liberia are appealing to government to help with more drugs to save lives. Locals in the county including Madam Annie Dickson of Pleebo and Ma Musus Johnson of Harper say there are good medical doctors and well trained nurses along with equipment, but there is shortage of medicine in the county.
“We have good hospital but we don’t have medicines, a situation that is causing serious problem for the county health authority,” a resident says.According to residents interviewed, they visit government hospital on a daily basis in Harper, but they are given prescriptions to purchase drugs like paracetamol and flaggy, among others.
They are however calling on the government through the Ministry of Health to come to their aid.When contracted, the County Health Officer Dr. Methodius George said he found it difficult to hear that information because they have their partners that also help the government in providing drugs for the hospital.
He says they receive medicine from government after every three months and it carries them through, noting that on a daily basis they treat up to 250 persons.But he wants government to increase man power at the hospital because they are providing healthcare to River Gee, Grand Kru counties and residents from neighboring Ivory Coast.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley