In Gbarnga, Bong County: Over US$130,000 Debt Hangs over CB Dumbar Hospital
The outgoing administrator of the Charles Burgess Dunbar Maternity Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, Mr. Jonah N. Togbah, has revealed that the hospital is indebted to its vendors in the amount of one hundred thirty thousand, six hundred and eighty-five United States Dollars (USD $ 130,685.00).
Speaking at a turnover ceremony on June 12, 2018, Mr. Togbah said the hospital is indebted to several vendors for services ranging from fuel, Drugs, in-patient food, cleaning materials, stationery, and others as of May 2018.
The CB Dunbar Maternity Hospital is a 69-bed facility located in Gbarnga city, in central Liberia. It is a Government of Liberia owned hospital.
The hospital is the only specialized health facility in rural Liberia, with two hundred and fifty-three staffs including clinicians and non-clinicians.
He said although Outpatient and Emergency Departments are accessible to the general public, the hospital’s special mandate focuses on managing all pregnancy-related complications and catering to women and children in the country.
Mr. Togbah said in fulfillment of its statutory mandate, the CB Dunbar Hospital currently manages about 80% of all obstetric complications in Bong County with referrals from Phebe Hospital which serves as the county hospital.
According to the outgoing Administrator, the hospital has been operating on two hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$200,000) since the 2017/2018 budget year. This situation, he said is posing serious constraints on the operation of the hospital in the county.
The outgoing administrator, who is now set to become an administrator of the Bong County Health Team said the hospital has four generators, 2.50KVA, 110KVA generator, and two-250 KVA generator, and four vehicles, Pick-up, 32 seated bus, Land Crusher jeep, and an Ambulance. He said the pickup is not in good working condition.
For his part, the new administrator of the CD Dunbar Hospital, Thomas Kpelewah, thanked the outgoing administrator, Jonah N. Togbah, for his hard work in bettering the health condition of citizens in Bong County.
Mr. Kpelewah assured that he will work with staffs of the hospital in other to improve its services.
The former Jackson F. Doe hospital administrator, at the same time assured health workers and administrators of C B Dunbar that he is going to work with them in other to engage local leaders of Bong County on the low budgetary allotment to the hospital and the dire need to up such a budgetary allotment.
“Two hundred thousand is small for such a big hospital in the county that is catering to patients in the central region with different complicated health issues,” he added.