By Abel R. Okai – GNN-Liberia, Bong County Correspondent/Cells#: +231-886-576-379 /+231-770-019-857/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/
GBARNGA, BONG COUNTY – Mr. Jonah Togbah, the Administrator of the C.B. Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga, recently outlined several constraints faced by the hospital to GNN-Liberia.
“Since we took over about two years ago, there are lots of challenges we are faced with in running the affairs of the C.B. Dunbar hospital,” he said.
Togbah said some of these challenges are drug shortages at the hospital, inadequate operational funds, and liabilities to vendors for the procurement of medicines amongst others.
He mentioned electricity supply specifically as one of these challenges, adding, “To run the generator every night is a big problem for us while the hospital have only a 250 KVA”
Togbah also said patients are frequently directed to local drug stores to buy medication because the hospital regularly runs out of basic medicine.
The Administrator of the hospital said the government of Liberia apportioned US$370,000 annually to the hospital for operations. “This fiscal year that ended was really challenging,” Togbah said. “This fiscal year the hospital benefited 370,000 USD, explains 108,000 USD is used for fuel annually, Medical supplies and drug uses 150,000 USD as maintenance of vehicle, uses 30,000 USD”.
Togbah said he wants the government of Liberia and other partners to increase the budgetary allotment for the C.B. Dunbar Hospital to a little of 1,000,000 USD which will boost uplift some of the needed activities.
Togbah appealed for consumables in terms patient’s food including health partners, individuals, organizations, County authority, wherein, the Hospital has the cashment population of 169,000 for its operation.
Mr. Togbah ended, “C.B. Dunbar is the only maternity hospital outside Monrovia and with these heavy loads of challenges outlined, I think if this continues as we’ve just enter the new year it doesn’t represent a good signal for the safety of our citizens.