The British Charity, Maternal and Child Health International (MCHI) last Tuesday donated a consignment of medical equipment and supplies to the Phebe and C. B. Dunbar hospitals in Bong County.
Making the presentation on the compound of the Phebe Hospital in Suacoco, the Honorary Medical Director of the Charity, Professor David Southall, said the contribution of the items was his organization’s way of strengthening the capacity of the two hospitals amidst the hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the country.
Mr. Southall, a professor of Pediatrics and Maternal Health, noted that the Charity was reasonably aware of the copious challenges facing the two hospitals in the county, particularly in the face of the Ebola virus disease that is claiming lives in the country.
The British pediatrician guaranteed health authorities in the county that his organization would continue to cultivate more partnerships for effective health care delivery services in the county.
Professor Southall reminded the beneficiaries that the materials were shipped to Liberia in a 40ft container through the timely intervention of David Parker, of the British Council to West Africa.
Professor Southall informed the County Health Authorities that some of the items were procured by his organization while other charities in the United Kingdom donated substantial portion as their own way of identifying with the two hospitals as they faced the human killer disease.
Professor Southall named two oxygen generators, a huge assortment of antibiotics, oxygen concentrators as well as two emergency centers for the neo natal ward at the C. B. Dunbar Hospital, just to name a few, as some of the equipment and supplies donated to the two health facilities.
In separate remarks, Bong Health Officer Dr. Sampson Azoakoi, told Professor David Southall that the materials were presented to the two institutions at the time the fabric of the health care delivery system in the county is broken down as the result of the Ebola virus outbreak in the country.
Dr. Azoakoi extolled the British Charity for the gesture and vowed that the items would be used to perk up the health care delivery of the county.
Also speaking, C.B Dunbar Hospital Medical Director Obed Dolo and Phebe Hospital Medical Director Jefferson Sibley recounted the long standing partnership between the Maternal and Child Health International, (MCHI) and the two hospitals.
Doctors Dolo and Sibley noted that the Charity has been very instrumental in providing specialized trainings to key sections at the two hospitals, namly; the eye clinic, Emergency Unit and Neo-natal Unit, among others.
The two Medical Directors expressed the hope that the materials would greatly help in the reduction of maternal mortality.
They extended thanks not only to the maternal and Child-Health International but the government and people of the UK for the donation.
In a related development, Phebe Hospital last Tuesday resumed full medical services to the public after being closed for more than two months.
According to the Hospital’s Administration, at least six health care providers at the health center have died since the Ebola outbreak.
The Ebola attack on the Hospital created fear among the nurses and other support staff, causing them to abandon duties; and also demanding that government provide Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, Risk allowances and other health facilities in the county. The nurses and health workers also called for the construction of an Ebola holding and treatment center in Bong County to cater to suspected patients coming to the Hospital.
The Hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, told our Bong County Correspondent, the health care providers returned to work last Tuesday after the Ebola Treatment Center in Suakoko District started taking patients and suspected cases.