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Sen. McGill seeks US$1m for C.H. Rennie Hospital 

Senator advocates for budgetary increment for local hospital.

By Ethel A. Tweh

Margibi, Liberia, April 26, 2024 – Margibi County Senator Nathaniel F. McGill wants C.H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi included in the 2024 National Budget, and its budget increased to one million United States Dollars.

 In his communication to plenary on Thursday, April 25, 2024, Senator McGill stressed an urgent need to include the hospital in the current National Budget because of its crucial public services.  

He notes that the C.H. Rennie Hospital is the only government referral hospital in central Liberia, which was tragically gutted by fire in 2021.

He recalls that in 2023, the government of former President Weah conducted a ground-breaking ceremony and allocated Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$800,000) to initiate reconstruction, which is estimated to cost Six Million United States Dollars (US$6,000,000). Unfortunately, there is no allocation in the 2024 national budget for the hospital’s reconstruction.

“The significance of C.H. Rennie Hospital cannot be overstated, as it serves not only the residents of Margibi County but also those from lower Montserrado, Bong, and Grand Bassa counties.” He notes.

The Margibi Senator continues that the absence of a functioning referral hospital in the central region has left that community vulnerable and without access to critical healthcare services.

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In this light, he urges the Liberian Senate to consider allocating at least One Million United States dollars (US$1,000,000) towards the C.H. Rennie Hospital, noting that the funding would be instrumental in commencing the process of reconstructing this vital healthcare facility and restoring essential medical services to the people of central Liberia.

“I trust in your commitment to prioritizing the well-being and healthcare needs of our citizens and hope that you will give due consideration to this request. Your support in this matter would make a significant difference in the lives of countless individuals who rely on C.H. Rennie Hospital for their medical care. I look forward to a positive response from the esteemed members of the Liberian Senate.” He adds.

In response, Senate President Pro-Tempore Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence said the Leadership of the senate will take seizure of the matter, as it is important, disclosing that they are already having discussions to have money allocated for the hospital, with her as Pro-Tempore, spearheading said discussions. Editing by Jonathan Browne 

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