LIBERIA: China Union To Turn Over Bong Mines Hospital

china_union_first_ore_liberia_2China Union mining company has announced plans to turn over the Bong Mines Hospital to the Government of Liberia.

The decision comes after the company downsized over 200 workers as a result of the decline in the price of iron ore on the world market.

The company’s local liaison officer assigned in Bong Mines, Fuamah District told the Liberia News Agency Thursday that China Union has decided to give the hospital back to the government on grounds that it does not have money to continue support to the hospital.

Morris Tei said as part of the turning over, about 76 employees will also be downsized.

As part of its corporate-responsibilities, China Union in 2011 took over the operation of the Bong Mines Hospital with a pledged to revitalize the hospital to its pre-war status.

Some residents of Bong Mines, who spoke to the Liberia News Agency, said for the past five months the hospital has been out of essential drugs, forcing many of them to seek treatment from Handii in Bong County and Kakata in Margibi County.

Meanwhile, the residents are appealing to government to take over the hospital and ensure the resumption of effective healthcare services there.

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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.