The Ganta United Methodist Hospital needs about US$150K to revamp its laboratory in order to provide all required medical examinations.
Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently, administrator Mr. Patrick Martor said when the laboratory is improved, nearly all tests will be done at the hospital, and patients will no longer be referred to other hospitals for diagnostic testing.
He said presently, the hospital is not able to carry out all the essential laboratory tests.
“Even though we do a small portion of the parasitology examination here, it needs to be improved,” he said.
“We need to make the lab a more functioning laboratory.”
Mr. Martor said the US$150k will enable the administration to standardize the building, equip the hospital and train personnel.
The Ganta United Methodist Hospital is one of the oldest referral hospitals in Nimba County. It was established in the late 1920s by Dr. George Way Harley, a Methodist Missionary.
Since Mr. Martor took over as administrator of the hospital last year, many developments have been taking place, including putting tiles on the hospital floor, improving the sanitation and the record system.
The hospital has been recently fenced, and patients have to pass through what is known as a “triage” for temperature and other tests, before entering the main hospital.
The management anticipates an increase in the size of the pediatric and adult wards.
“We want to make the delivery ward a very decent place to encourage those who want to deliver in the hospital to have safe deliveries,” he said.