The management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) has been instructed to submit a Master Plan that would eventually take the hospital from its current situation to a fully functional facility with ultra-modern equipment.
The directive was contained in a report submitted to plenary of the Senate yesterday by its Committee on Health, Gender, Social Welfare, Women and children Protection following a public hearing conducted on the JFKMC.
The hearing took place as a result of concerns raised by Rivercess County Senator Dallas A. Gueh regarding reports of ethical transgressions, high service fees and financial mismanagement at the hospital.
Among its five-point proposals the Peter Coleman-chaired Committee on the JFKMC recommended that a robust fiscal management system be set up to avoid repetition of the loses the entity sustained at the hands of criminal-minded staff; and that the Medical Center’s numerous accounts be consolidated.
The nine-member Committee further proposed that the Medical Center reorganize its public relations department to improve its messaging and image damaged by recent events. “The management should be able to adequately speak on issues that are critical once they come up and avoid delays (which breeds) widespread speculations.”
The Committee is also requesting that a meeting be arranged between the Board of Directors and the Senate Committee to revisit the high fees at the JFKMC.
The Medical Center’s four-member management team headed by Administrator & CEO, Dr Wvannie Scott-McDonald, disclosed to the Senate Committee that several accounts are operational at the Central Bank of Liberia, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, ECOBANK, and International Bank. The following according to the report indicates accounts at the various banks: The CBL, operations account LRD; CBL operation account, USD; CBL Pool Fund; LBDI and Investment Drugs Revolving Fund, LRD; LBDI and investment drugs revolving fund, USD; LBDI and Investment pay roll account; LBDI and Investment TNIMA transcript fees USD and International Bank LRD fees not related to drugs.
Also among the 19 JFKMC accounts are the International Bank USD CID (Center for Excellence for Infectious Diseases) CHEVRON (donor) account was opened with USD800, 000, and International Bank USD Street Child Liberia (Rehabilitation of children and amputees, among others).
The plenary unanimously voted to endorse the report in its entirety.
Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, yesterday received a standing ovation as he returned to the Chamber of the Senate for the first time after his overwhelming election as the ruling Unity Party standard bearer in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections; and as an apparent show of goodwill and respect, there was no power outage at the Capitol Building for the first time in several weeks.