The Medical Director of the C.B. Dunbar Maternity Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, Dr. Obed Dolo, says the hospital is now closed to the public due to the breakdown of both of the hospital’s diesel generators.
Dr. Dolo told reporters on Saturday June 4 in Gbarnga that the two 50 KVA generators broke down on Friday June 1 because they could no longer generate the power required by the hospital. He said the hospital will need two 125KVA generators to meet its electricity needs.
As a result of the breakdown, the hospital is no longer accepting new pregnant patients for now, he explained, adding that all cases are now being referred to Phebe Hospital, thereby increasing that hospital’s workload.
“The C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospital is the first obstetric center in rural Liberia serving a community of over sixty thousand people who benefit from its services,” Dr. Dolo said.
Dr. Dolo is appealing to the government, people of goodwill, as well as philanthropic organizations in the health sector, to assist the hospital with higher capacity generators for it to resume effective medical services to citizens in the area.
He maintained that if nothing is done to quickly return the hospital to full operation, the shut- down may lead to maternal deaths in the county in the coming days.
Dr. Dolo said nurses are using flashlights to attend to a few post delivery patients at the hospital, which he said is unsafe.
The 50 bedroom C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospital was reconstructed in 2010 by the government of Liberia and co-funded by the McCall MacBain Foundation through a grant from the French medical charity Medicins du Monde which supervised the work until 2013.
Meanwhile, in an interview with a local radio station in Gbarnga yesterday, June 6, the Director of Communications at the Ministry of Health, Sorbor George, assured the public that electricity will soon be restored at the hospital.