-Says criticism alone won’t help, but individual, collective contributions can
Mary Moore Kieh, Proprietress and chief executive officer (CEO) of Robert Moore Memorial Healthcare Center (RMMHC) located in Johnsonville, Montserrado County, is calling on all well-meaning Liberians and others to make contributions to her healthcare facility in order to keep helping the poor.
Mrs. Kieh, yesterday outlined to the Daily Observer series of challenges her healthcare facility is faced with but said she is still committed to ensuring that no one dies of any curable disease while the doors of her facility are opened.
“We are centrally located here in Johnsonville and with the community inhabited by people who can barely afford to pay for quality healthcare services, we are doing all we can to help them,” Kieh said, adding, “Since we opened in January of 2017, our registration fee has been and is still at L$200 while the minimum amount for emergency cases is L$1500.”
She further emphasized: “almost all of the people here live by gardening, primarily potato grains, okra and limited vegetables. We hardly get enough from them to do all we want for our healthcare delivery programs but, again, it is one of the reasons we came here for-to help save lives first before all else.”
Mrs Kieh explained that some patients visit her clinic, get treated but don’t pay anything on the ground that they don’t have, something she said is hard to deal with but knowing that she has opened the clinic to help save lives, she lets things go, hoping that God provides through some other means or sources.
“Imagine, some gave me things instead of money for their medical bills. A few, I remember, brought me chickens and appealed that I accept the chickens in place of the amounts they were to pay for the treatment. Difficult, but again, they say they don’t have money and truly, their appearances or countenances can tell that they don’t have,” she said.
On getting any help from the government or any private entity or individual, Mrs. Kieh, whose husband, Mark Kieh, is a medical doctor, said no one or institution has taken anything to her for care to the people who are desperately in need.
“When we returned from the U.S. we came with the mind to contribute back to our country and so we are doing, but as it is, we alone can’t do it all. I have written politicians and many others, including the Ministry of Health to visit this healthcare center and see what they can recommend or contribute so that we continue to serve our people, but it is sad to say that none has come here yet, lest I talk about sending a pack of hand gloves,” she narrated.
RMMHC is located in Electoral District #2 currently led and represented by Jimmy W. Smith who won the 2017 Legislative election for that District.
All efforts, including text messages and calls to Rep. Smith in order to hear what he knows about the initiative of Mrs. Kieh and what is his office doing to buttress her efforts, were fruitless as no response or a return call was made by the Lawmaker.
The U.S. trained registered nurse (RN) said she could have been in America making lots of money, mainly at this time of the COVID-19 outbreak but she loves her country and believes that Liberians need more of her now.
“There is nowhere quality healthcare is cheap but we are here not to see anyone lose his or her life to malaria or any other curable disease we can take care of.
“However, knowing that we have to provide monthly stipends for our staff and buy stationery, drugs and equipment, we need money. If anyone can just give us a carton of hand gloves, we will save money to improve the living conditions of our volunteers,” Mary Kieh further noted.
The healthcare provider lamented that it is a sad thing that people in Liberia are good at criticizing when things go wrong but fail to suggest or provide solutions.
“This is one thing that is killing us here as people. We don’t love each other. We don’t love the country we claim we own and it is a sickening fact,” she said with a pinch of disappointment in her face.
According to Kieh, buildings are not hospitals or clinics but people and medical materials, including medicines, make up, for the most part, the healthcare system.
“Healthcare in this country is a mess. It is in a seriously bad position now and if care is not taken things might become worse,” she said, adding, “People come from faraway Barnesville and Mt. Barclay for treatment but with not much to underwrite the cost of their treatment. We have to help almost every day.”
Robert Moore Memorial Healthcare Center (RMMHC) is a twenty one-bed facility taking care of maternity, ultrasound and a lot more medical needs and its health COVID-19 protocols, including nose masks wearing and hand washing, are still in enforcement as reported by Mrs. Kieh.
Princess Dahngbe, the officer in charge (OIC) of RMMHC said she is happy working with Mrs Kieh as her boss.
“She is a great leader. She motivates me daily to be compassionate and good enough for me; I have the team to continue sacrificing our time and expertise to cater to those who need us now. Getting into this here in Liberia, I knew that wealth in a material sense is not ours, but with God, we are rich,” Dahngbe told the Daily Observer.
Meanwhile, RMMHC has begun teaching nurses’ aids in order to get more community first responders to minor cases such as malaria, fever, headache, among others.