Rep Edwin Snowe Heads Liberian Gov’t Hospital Board, As Medical Director Pleads For More Support

{By: Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Reporter}

Rep. Edwin M. Snowe
Rep. Edwin M. Snowe

The Liberia Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County one of the referral medical centers in western Liberia, established in the early 1960s now has a new  a new board to steer the operations of the hospital.

According to report, the news board of the Hospital consists of thirteen (13) members from the community, business, and religious, civil Society and a member of the Bomi Legislative Caucus.

Those elected on Wednesday August 3, 2016 to serve on the board of the hospital include Montserrado county district # 6 Representative Edwin Snowe as Board Chairman, the Medical Director at the hospital, Doctor Williamatta Gibson secretary general,  the hospital’s Chief Administrator Dorothy Tyler as Recording Secretary, and Senjeh district Representative Gayah Karmo as Member among others.

During the electoral process, Representative Gayah Karmo one of the Board members was nominated twice to serve as the hospital new Board Chair, but he declined on grounds that he has a lot of other engagements to attend to.

The decline of the Representative Karmo to contest the Board Chair post paved the way for Montserrado county district # 6 Representative Edwin Snowe as the first board chair of the Liberia Government Hospital since its establishment, even though the election process was held behind closed doors observers believed it was transparent.

In a chat with reporters at the close of the election, the newly elected Board Chairman of the Liberia Government Hospital Montserrado lawmaker Edwin Snowe who won on white ballot commended the hospital administration, and his colleagues for entrusting him to lead them as Chairman of the Board.

Representative Snowe promised to work closely with the rest of the board members in ensuring that the hospital receives better allotment from central Government through the Health ministry and Social Welfare in order to improve the health conditions of people in Bomi County and the Western region.

For his party, Representative Gayah Karmo praised the hospital administration  and other staffers for the lever of improvements done at the hospital over the years.

Representative Karmo said being a member of the hospital board has given him an added advantage to lobby with his colleagues at the National Legislature for increased budgetary support in making the Liberia Government hospital the best.

For her part the Medical Director at the Liberia Government hospital Williamatta Gibson welcome the members of the new board and described the new formation as a new day for the hospital.

Doctor Gibson told our reporters that the hospital is faced with several challenges, giving its responsibilities to deliver health services in that western region.

She named the lack transportation for workers, increment of incentives for staff, and the expansion of the Out Patient Ward and the lack of water supply throughout the hospital as some of those major problems the hospital is experiencing.

“At hospital that remains the referral hospital in the Western region, housing facility for health workers is a problem, while it operates on one functioning ambulance making the job difficult especially to pick and drop patients during emergency cases, she narrated”.

Doctor Gibson used the occasion to appeal to the Chairman and members of the newly constituted Board to get involve and lobby for more support to help address some of the challenges the hospital experiencing.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.