Phebe Hospital Risks Closure
The Chief of Medical Director of the Phebe hospital in Suakoko Bong County, Dr. Jefferson Sibley says the hospital is at the verge of collapse due to the lack of sufficient budgetary support to run the hospital.
Speaking in an interview The Monrovia Times on the compound of the hospital, Dr. Sibley said at the current moment the hospital is out of drugs and indebted to vendors in the tune of more than three hundred thousand US dollars.
However, Dr. Jefferson Sibley did not disclose the name of the vendors which the hospital is indebted to with such amount, but said, the debt was accrued for drugs, fuel and the running of the Nursing school and the vendors are refusing to supply the hospital until its obligations are settled.
The Phebe hospital Medical Director said electricity at the hospital is switched off before 10 PM as part of strategies to preserve the fuel and keep the hospital running.
He further revealed to this paper that patients are normally given prescriptions to buy drugs elsewhere because of the situation.
Dr. Sibley told our Bong County Correspondent although there is One point Eight Million US dollars allotment for the hospital in the 2018/2019 National budget, the hospital needs three million US dollars to function effectively.
Dr. Sibley is calling on the leadership of Bong County to consider the Phebe hospital a priority in its development drive.
It can be recorded that during the recent County Council Sitting, Phebe was not captured in the allotments on grounds that it is receiving funding from the National government, a situation that has drawn the attention of local citizens in the County.
In response to the continual calls from the citizens for the Phebe Hospital, Bong County project specialist Thomas Cisco said though the name of the hospital was not mentioned at the sitting $79,000US Dollars was later allotted to the health center.
The hospital was constructed in 1965 as a Faith-Based health facility by three churches, the Lutheran, the Episcopal, and the Methodist churches, with support from the government of Liberia.
In 1973, the hospital became Bong County Referral Hospital of the Government, during the tenure of the late President William R. Tolbert due to financial constraint but owned by the churches.
Prior to the outbreak of Liberia’s 14years of civil war, the hospital was one of the best within the Mano River Basin; treating patients from Guinea, Sierra Leone Ivory Coast, among others.