BARCLAYVILLE: Health authorities at the Government Referral Hospital in Grand Kru County, “Rally Time”, have lamented the deteriorating situation at the health facility due to lack of essential medical supplies, especially drugs, for effective operations.
Speaking on Grand Cess Radio recently, Rally Time Hospital Acting Medical Director Victor Tamba, said the hospital which serves patients from across the 12 communities of the County, and records high number of patients on a daily basis, currently lacks adequate specialized doctors, nurses, electricity, vehicles and essential medical drugs and equipment to operate effectively.
He said the County’s only referral hospital is currently out of fuel and medication, among others, something which, he noted, does not mean well for the smooth operations of the facility.
“The Rally Time Hospital is allotment based; we depend on the allotments to carry on the smooth operations of the hospital; so we are informing citizens of the County and local stakeholders including health partners that the hospital is right now out of fuel to put our generator on. As we speak, our patients are in total darkness,” Tamba lamented.
Meanwhile, the Rally Time Hospital acting Medical Director is calling on the Ministry of Health through the Grand Kru County Health Team, local stakeholders, County Legislative Caucus and central government to give more attention to the county’s health sector by providing the needed logistics for proficient operations.
Mr. Tamba is also encouraging Grand Kru citizens to provide financial and material support to the Rally Time Hospital to prevent the hospital from unseen circumstances.
At the same time, the Hospital Administrator, Sawlo Jlateh, has confirmed to newsmen that since January this year, the central government has not provided allotment to the Rally Time Hospital.
He disclosed that the hospital uses three drums of fuel monthly, amongst others, but lamented that the hospital is completely out of essential drugs and other basic supplies.
He attributed the situation to the delay in receiving the hospital’s allotment from the national government.
According to Mr. Jlateh, the hospital has not received allotment from the central government for the past five months.
Mr. Jlateh is therefore calling on the central Government to make available the allotment of the hospital to ensure its smooth operation.
Despite the many challenges at the State-owned hospital, authorities of the facility have committed to providing more health care services to the public.
The head of the Antenatal Center at the Hospital, Helena Bropleh, is at the same time admonishing patients, especially pregnant women, to seek regular consultations with medical practitioners.
Grand Kru County is the home of President George Manneh Weah, Senate Pro-tempt, Albert Chie and Deputy House Speaker, J. Fonati Koffa among other top government officials. Source: LINA