In an effort to get the Bong Mine Hospital fresh, ready and running; the Representative of Bong County District #7 Joseph P. Kolleh has raised the amount of eighty-four thousand nine hundred and ten Liberian dollars (L$84,910) along with one hundred and thirty-three United States dollars (US$133).
The amount of two hundred and seventy-four thousand eight hundred and fifty Liberian dollars (L$274,850) along with eight hundred and seventy-five United States dollars (US$875) was pledged by invitees including government officials, eminent citizens, and staffs of the Bong Mine Hospital among others.
The cash amount was raised during a fundraising program named and styled “Restore The Hope of Bong Mine Hospital” organized by the Bong County District #7 Lawmaker held at the Hospital over the weekend.
The program according to A. Victor Singbeh the Resource Officer in the Offices of the Representative was intended to raise fund that will help purchase fuel and drugs to keep the facility alive. He stated that an SOS call was sent out through the office of the Lawmaker expressing the need to help restore the Hospital.
Mr. Singbeh said the facility has over the years catered to so many people stating, ‘it is just that we have not been referred to as a referral Hospital but we are performing the task of a referral Hospital.
According to him, the Hospital as it stands provides healthcare services to citizens from four of Liberia’s fifteen (15) Counties including Bong, Gbarpolu, Margibi and Montserrado respectively.
Victor Singbeh noted that the Hospital has provided quality health delivery system to citizens from the four Counties and beyond. He argued that even if there is government allotment to the Hospital it does not last long because of the huge influx of patients to the facility.
Additionally, Singbeh averred that the Hospital can boast of professional nurses, midwifery and two surgical doctors while all of the Hospital staffs are trained up to the standard and can withstand any challenges in the given health situation.
He said though it is not prudent or the best idea to eat in Hospital, for the sake of the argument he can safely say that people can sit in any part of the Bong Mine Hospital to eat whatever they want to eat because of the clean nature of the environment.
“While it is true that we got all of these policies, we still don’t get funds to sustain this Hospital least to talk about paracetamol” he added.
Mr. Singbeh said it is from this backdrop the office of the Representative called the gathering to reason together and see the need to provide helping hand to be able to save lives.
Meanwhile, the money generated according to the report will be given to a specialized committee to purchase drugs and other needed materials.
For his part, Representative Joseph P. Kolleh has assured the Administration of the Hospital of his continued support to the facility so as to provide the best healthcare delivery system to his people.
Rep. Kolleh indicated that as part of the support, he lobbied with his colleagues during the 2018/2019 County sitting and the amount of US$10,000 was allotted to the Hospital but it is yet to be released.
The Lawmaker pointed out that he has also been able to lobby with his colleagues to get a portion of the money in the tone of US$2,000 to be given to the Hospital. He explained that the money will be made available within a couple of days once his colleagues affixed their signatures to the document.
Also speaking, the Medical Director of the Bong Mine Hospital Dr. Francis Obiazi thanked the Representative for organizing the fundraising program.
Dr. Francis Obiazi assured Representative Kolleh and all those who contributed that the amount generated will be used for the purpose intended.