GBARNGA, March 27 (LINA) – The Administration of Phebe Referral Hospital in Suakoko District, Bong County has reiterated its call for more medical and logistical support to help keep the entity fully operational to save the lives of the over 400,000 people the hospital caters for.
Speaking to journalists at the hospital Thursday, Phebe Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Aaron Hallie Kieta, called on county officials and philanthropic organizations to help provide medical materials, including PPEs and hand gloves, among others, amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the country.
According to Dr. Kieta, Phebe Hospital uses at least four cartoons of hand gloves daily, terming it as “material of COVID-19 related treatment” which, he said, are among dire needs of the hospital, and disclosed that patients are still required to purchase hand gloves outside the hospital before they are treated.
He also named essential drugs, including paracetamol, as drugs the hospital is lacking currently.
Meanwhile, for his part, Phebe Hospital Administrator, Rev. Victor Padmore, identified insufficient fuel and lack of stationery as factors impeding the smooth operation of the institution.
Rev. Padmore is also pleading with Bong County stakeholders to urgently come to the aid of the hospital by helping to purchase batteries for the solar panels.
He further disclosed that the hospital needs 300 batteries that will serve the solar panel system at the cost of US$700 each, something the hospital Administrator assured will enable them supply the entire entity with constant electricity.
Rev. Padmore added that currently the institution is catering to only patients who are on major wards and these patients at the hospital have no support.
It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia recently made a donation of US$50,000 to Phebe Hospital yet the entity’s administration says full running of the facility is still a challenge as a result of shortage of fuel and medical materials.