The Chief Executive Officer of Snapper Hill Clinic, Varsay Sirleaf Jr., has disclosed that the clinic will soon begin to perform minor surgeries and other related services for patients.
Speaking in an exclusive interview yesterday, Mr. Sirleaf said, “Our service hours will also be extended because we envisage 24/7 service hours.”
“We have a functioning clinic with a full time doctor, two physician assistants, four lab technicians and four pharmacists,” he said.
The clinic currently provides numerous health services, particularly for women and children. “Now we are involved in providing outpatient services in readiness to engage in both inpatient and outpatient services.
“This is because pregnant women are the most vulnerable people; and we also want to go back to our normal services to help our people,” he added.
Services, he said, “are general physician’s diagnoses and referrals, minor surgical procedures, prescriptions, internal pharmacy and laboratory, medical diagnoses, blood tests for malaria, typhoid, and general family care. We also provide echocardiography, newborn care, infant care, annual physical and immunization to children.”
He said services also include annual exams for women, family planning services, removal of minor lesions, skin tags, moles and warts, biopsies of suspicious dermatological lesions and or referrals, allergy tests and immunization against tetanus, pneumonia, blood poisoning and meningitis.
Speaking on challenges, Sirleaf mentioned some as: the hiring of additional doctors and nurses; delays by insurance companies to settle their obligations with the clinic after their clients have been treated; difficulties finding technicians to repair damaged equipment, among others; and expressed the hope that solutions would be found before the start of the 24 hour service.
Mr. Sirleaf disclosed that the Ministry of Health is his clinic’s collaborating partner, and expressed hope that other partners can come onboard to work with him.
“We want to see Snapper Hill Clinic brand not only in Liberia but also in the West African sub-region for providing high quality services, because many people sometimes see Liberia as a failure when it comes to healthcare services. Our vision is for Snapper Hill Clinic to serve Liberia and the region,” he said.
Giving the background of the Snapper Hill Clinic, Mr. Sirleaf said his late father, Dr. Varsay Sirleaf Sr., started the clinic with the sole purpose of responding to the needs of the people.
He said his father worked with LAMCO and Cooper Clinic, now Cooper Hospital located on 12th Street, as a medical director before he decided to finally open the Snapper Hill Clinic in 1983.
Dr. Sirleaf said during his father’s time, the clinic provided both in and outpatient services.
According to him, the Snapper Hill Clinic was the only clinic in central Monrovia active during the height of the civil crisis, handling all kinds of illnesses, including victims of stray bullets.
“My father, now deceased, had to leave the clinic during the height of the crisis to visit Graystone building, where thousands had sought refuge, to treat those suffering from bullet wounds and others ailments,” he noted.
Mr. Sirleaf stressed that Snapper Hill Clinic’s present popularity in and out of Liberia can be attributed to his father’s commitment to treating people during the peak of Liberia’s civil crisis.
“Whichever warring faction that was in control of central Monrovia would come to the clinic with their fighters who had been wounded,” he said.
He said while working in the United States he hired a part-time doctor who was trained by his father to take over the clinic when his father died in 2007.
The Snapper Hill Clinic operations, like other health care facilities across the country, were seriously affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in 2014.