LIBERIA: Ganta Hospital On Verge Of Collapse

The United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Nimba County, has threatened to shut down operations or minimize its operations to a clinic level if no solution is found to the numerous constraints facing the institution.
The Acting Administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Mr. Patrick Martor, disclosed Tuesday that the hospital is faced with serious financial and logistical constraints, a situation that could force the administration to take unfavorable actions.

Martor said the hospital is indebted to many medicine vendors who have refused to continue to supply drugs if the hospital does not settle debts accrued in 2013.

He said the hospital also has no vehicle for staff, ambulances, fuel to run its generator, money to pay salaries and purchase drugs and other medical supplies for effective operation of the health facility.

Meanwhile, the hospital administration has reported treating 34,543 patients both in the general and eye clinics in 2013.

Administrator Martor said the facility attended to 1,463 pregnant women who gave birth to 1,366 live babies in 2013, while it treated 1,960 foreigners, including 1,874 Guineans and 86 Ivorian patients.

He said common diseases treated at the hospital in 2013 were malaria and typhoid, accounting for 35 percent of patients that visited the hospital.

Mr. Martor disclosed that the Ganta United Methodist Hospital received US$50,000 from the Liberian Government as budgetary support in June, noting that this was the only assistance extended it by government in 2013.

The Ganta United Methodist Hospital was established by Dr. George Willie Harley and his wife in 1926 to offer medical services to Liberians and foreigners living in the area.

Since then, it has relied on the international congregations of the Methodist Church for financial and medical support, an assistance that is not forthcoming again, thus the current financial quagmire.

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