One of Liberia’s referral medical centers, the Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba County is completely in ruins and made shortly close down if nothing is done to revive that important medical institution.
Speaking to reporters in Monrovia, the Chief Medical Doctor of the hospital, Dr. Lawrence Sherman said most of the hospital’s equipment has broken down. He told reporters that equipment, including CT scan was donated to the hospital by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and has been in use since 2010.
He said following repeated repairs by Chinese expatriates, it has become non-functional. Dr. Sherman said with 14 Medical Doctors, the referral hospital receives patients from across Liberia and neighboring Guinea and Ivory Coast.
The Chief Medical Doctor said though the Jackson F. Doe Hospital is being fully supported by the Government of Liberia, there is need for both local and international assistance to make it more functional. He also disclosed plans to construct an outpatients department [OPD] at an estimated cost of US$45,000 that would accommodate about 225 outpatients daily, adding that the current daily case load is 130 outpatients.
Meanwhile, Dr. Sherman is calling on government to pave the Ganta-Tappita Road, warning that if nothing were done now before the rainy season, the hospital could be cut off from the rest of the country, and many citizens may not have access to the facilities.