Report reaching The Monrovia Times Newspaper has revealed that fuel shortage has hit the only government referral health facility, the Charles Henry Rennie Hospital in Kakata Margibi County.
A highly placed source who begged not to be named told this paper on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 that the Hospital has been facing the issue of fuel shortage for about two months.
The Source disclosed that as the result of the fuel shortage, authorities of the Hospital have reduced the time of supplying power from 24hours to 12hours; terming it as an embarrassment.
According to our Source, electricity comes on at 9:30 am or sometimes 10 am and it goes off by 3 pm, while at night it comes on by 7:30 pm and goes off by 3 am respectively.
“It’s really a serious problem for us, especially we as caregivers; this situation makes more unfriendliness between us and the patients and their caregivers because we can’t operate in darkness, it’s just difficult for us to operate in the darkness. Even when it comes to emergency patients coming and we have to do lab and current is not on you have to start running around to just put current on for the emergency situation it becomes a problem for us” the source indicated.
The Source furthered asserted that at first the Partnership on Research and Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) was giving the Hospital 12hrs current but PREVAIL disconnected the facility as of January 1, 2019, on grounds that the Institution was overburden and their donors could no longer help the C.H. Rennie Hospital’s family.
Meanwhile, other accounts have it that there is a shortage of drugs, especially essential drugs at the facility as patients have on several occasions been asked to purchase drugs on their own from drug stores before they get treated.
Our Source is, therefore, appealing to the Legislative Caucus and Authority of the County as well as the National Government among others to quickly intervene.
The Government of Liberia in the 2018/2019 national budget allocated US$200,000 for the Hospital, but it is not clear if the amount is being remitted to the Hospital.
The Hospital provides medical services to hundreds of Liberians from Margibi, Gbarpolu, Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and accident victims among others and the reduction in the supply of electricity will hinder its operation.
When contacted, the Administrator of the Hospital, Mulbah Saywala could not deny nor confirm the information but promised to talk to Journalist on the issue soon.
For his part, the Clinical Communication Manager of PREVAIL, Hassan Kaiwu admitted that the Hospital was disconnected on grounds that the agreement that was signed between the two entities ended in December of 2018.
Hassan Kaiwu said is based on the fact that the money the PREVAIL is receiving is intended for research purposes and not for clinical care.
Mr. Kaiwu pointed out that in 2016 when PREVAIL started operation at Du-port Road and C.H. Rennie, it entered into an agreement with the Management of the two facilities that it will provide electricity to the two entities up to 2018 December and C.H. Rennie, in particular, was to provide 30% contribution to the electricity supply but that was not the case and PREVAIL has been carrying the burden since then.
He narrated that six months prior to the decision, PREVAIL executives informed the management verbally that time was approaching for the decision to take effect and in October according to him; they wrote the Hospital officially calling on its management to get prepare to shoulder the burden. Mr. Kaiwu said having informed the C.H. Rennie Hospital’s family, PREVAIL took the decision by disconnecting the Hospital.