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.