House Votes to Investigate Shortage of Drugs at JFK Hospital

John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Monrovia, Liberia

Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted, without any abstention, to mandate its Committee on Health to Investigate the alleged acute shortage of essential drugs at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center — Liberia’s largest referral hospital.

The House’s decision followed a communication from Grand Bassa County Electoral District #5 Representative Thomas Goshua, who has alarmed over the lack of drugs (medicines) at JFK Hospital, which he argued depicts a deteriorating condition of Liberia’s health system.

Rep. Thomas Goshua of Grand Bassa County District #5

The Grand Bassa County lawmaker  also frowned on the difficulties Liberians go through in seeking medication at the JFK Hospital and other health facilities.

In a communication addressed to the House’s Plenary through the office of the Speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers on last Tuesday — the 10th day sitting of the 4th Session, Rep. Goshua made specific reference to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, the nation’s biggest referral medical facility and some other health facilities in the country. 

He said regrettably the management of JFK and other public Health facilities are yet to muster the courage to explain why the health centers are challenged when it comes to dispensing drugs to patients.  

Rep. Joseph Nyan Somwarbi, Chairman, House Committee on Health

According to the Grand Bassa Lawmaker, drugs are purchased outside of the health facilities in most cases and taken back at the hospitals or clinics for patients to receive treatment; thus making healthcare extremely difficult for ordinary Liberians.

He said it is unacceptable to see government-owned medical facilities without needed drugs; something he noted poses a serious threat to the survival of many Liberians and other nationals in the country.

Accordingly, Rep. Joseph Nyan Somwarbi’s Health Committee is expected to report this week to enable Plenary to make an informed decision after two weeks of probe into the allegations.

Rep. Somwarbi is Nimba County District #3 Representive and is a member of the Coalition Democratic Change (CDC).


  1. Staff stocking their private clinics and drugstores, I presume? That has always been the cause of the drugs shortages in hospitals in LIB. Saw it with my own eyes when I worked as a nurse for over twenty plus years in LIB. No MIT, not even a UL graduate degree is needed to figure that out! Now you know!


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