As Gov’t Brags Of Successes In One Year, Health Centers Threaten Closure Due To Lack Of Drugs, Fuel

Liberia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah

Few days ago, President George Gbehkugbeh Manneh Weah during the annual address to the Liberian people and members of the National Legislature, bragged of tremendous success during the one year under review of his government, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Despite of the success story of the CDC-led Government, some referral healthcare centers around the country have vowed to close down their operations due to what those operating these health centers described as the   lack of adequate support from the government.

Some administrators of these health centers in separate interviews with journalists complained of the lack of drugs and fuel to continue their operations in their respective locale, noting that as a result of this, many of them have resolved to close their respective healthcare centers.

Effort by this outlet to contact the Directress of communication at the Ministry of Health to speak on the issue proved unsuccessful, as GNN was told that she, the Directress of Communication is traveling with her boss, the Minister of Health on a nationwide tour.

With this latest report from both western and southeastern Liberia on the alleged closure of healthcare centers around the country about drugs shortage, and the lack of fuel to have these centers operational, affected healthcare centers will continue to turn back dozens of patients who are in urgent demand of medical treatment.

In a related development, the management of M&G mining company operating in Gbarpolu County has donated six hundred gallons of fuel to the Chief Jallah Lone Hospital in Bopolu City, the only referral health facility in the county.

Making the donation on Monday in Bopolu City, the general manager of M&G, Mr. Patrick Williams, said it was the company’s desire to support the county health system.

Manager Williams said the company became concerned when it learnt that the only hospital operating in the county lacked electricity owing to fuel shortage.

He expressed concern over reports about a few deaths at the hospital due to the situation, saying that the company hopes the fuel will help start the treatment of patients at the hospital.

The General Manager of M&G Mining Company assured that additional contributions will be made in the future by the company to the hospital.

He called on other companies operating in the county to also intervene to rescue sick patients at the hospital.

Receiving the donation, Gbarpolu County Superintendent Kayan Saah commended the company for the gesture and promised to use the fuel for the intended purpose.

Superintendent Saah said the donation made by the company was timely, and urged them to continue to support every sector in the county.

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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.