Margibi County Health Officer, Dr. Hawa Moore-Kromah says despite numerous challenges facing the health sector, the Margibi County Health Team (MGCHT) was able to make considerable achievements in the past year.
According to her, during the year 2013, some of the major achievements made by the team included the extension of the inpatient facilities, the operation theater as well as the emergency room.
The Liberia News Agency, quoting a copy of a summary and achievements of health activities in Margibi County for 2013, indicated that there were, however, delays in the delivery of medical supplies from the central supply chain unit of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW).
She said the MCHT, like any other county facility involved with the implementation of essential health services at primary and secondary levels, placed emphasis on all maternal and child health services. These included the provision of access to skilled facility based delivery services, administering of appropriate malaria prophylaxis and treatment of pregnant women and maternal and infant nutrition and family planning services, among others.
Additionally, she disclosed that during the past year, other developments, including infrastructure and the drug depot at the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, were completed with funding from the MGCHT and Save the Children-Liberia.
Other project implemented included the construction of seven hand pumps, the Velley Town Maternal Waiting Home, the construction of four community latrines, and the construction of four bucket wells undertaking by Oxfam.
Dr. Kromah indicated that major renovation work was carried out at the Peter Town Clinic in Kakata Dolo Town, Cotton Tree, the Mother to Child Health (MCH) Unit at the Worhn Clinic was extended, and the new Tucker-ta Clinic was constructed with aid from Save the Children Liberia.
Even with all the development undertaken in 2013, Dr. Kromah still called for an increase in budgetary allotment and the provision of logistics including vehicles, drugs and medical supplies.
She said, in the absence of the timely provision of the necessary logistics and drugs to the county health team, the efficiency of Margibi’s health delivery system would be setback and the provision of much needed health services to residents of the county would be stifled.