The Minister of Health (MOH), Dr. Bernice Dahn, has named three major health institutions as her top priorities to be revamped.
Speaking during the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing in Monrovia Dr. Dahn promised to increase the workforce of those health facilities to 1000.
The institutions are the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, J.J. Dorsen Hospital in Harper, Maryland County and Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County.
“We will also build three regional hospitals across the country,” Dr. Dahn said.
She disclosed that her administration is also working to ensure that 56 doctors are trained and 26 general or Physician’s Assistants (PAs) are deployed in the public health sector.
She said medical school infrastructure would be expanded with one new laboratory technician, one new faculty office block, five student dormitories, and two new faculty accommodation buildings.
She added that her administration would have eight online lecture video systems and one new lecture hall to build the capacity of health workers, including medical doctors.
Dr. Dahn said the development of the three regional hospitals will take two years.
Redemption Hospital, she said, will be relocated on a 35-acre site in Caldwell with 300 beds.
“These hospitals,” she said “will also be used as rotational sites for residency training for medical students.”
“We have also put in the procurement to purchase modern medical equipment for the hospitals in addition to all of the hospitals across the country with support from the World Health Organization,” she said.
“These hospitals need to be strengthened because this is where most of our medical students get their training as they become healthcare workers or medical doctors,” she said.
According to Dr. Dahn, assessment for Phebe Hospital has been done to upgrade it to a teaching facility, which would cost US$11 million.