By Leroy M. Sonpon III
In an effort to reform the country’s largest and oldest referral hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center, into a state-of-the-art institution, the management has requested an additional allotment of US$6.6m as ‘Project Fund.’
Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald, yesterday said the US$6.6m is to renovate, equip and develop the IT infrastructure of the hospital, to make it brand new.
The Project Fund will be an addition to the already proposed US$5.2m in the 2017/2018 Budget.
Dr. McDonald made the request during the hospital’s Expenditure Hearing of the 2017/2018 National Draft Budget in the Joint Chamber.
The Project Fund will be an additional funding from US$4m, of which US$2.7m will be used for the exterior and interior infrastructure of the hospital.
The project fund is intended for the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), the Surgical and Private Wings, the Inpatient Surgical Ward, the Emergency Room, the Intensive Care Unit, and the IT infrastructure facilities, among others.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget and Public Account, Rep. Prince Moye, told the JFK management to update the committee with details of the renovation, including their operational budget for 2017/2018.
Rep. Moye said the committee will assess the ongoing project and then climax their inspection with a visit to Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh, who was involved in a motor accident and is hospitalized at JFK.
Meanwhile, the cause of the recent fire that destroyed the National Drug Service (NDS) department at the center is yet to be determined and the Daily Observer learned that investigation is still continuing.