-Expects to cater to at least 27 patients daily
The fight against illness plaguing slum communities remains a huge challenge in the country due to the lack of a vibrant healthcare system. But the construction of several privately-owned clinics appear to be able to revive the sector.
On Friday, a 12-bedroom private clinic — the Jerry Dobson Medical Center – was formally dedicated to ‘save lives’ in the Borough of New Kru Town, outside Monrovia. The clinic is expected to offer services 24-hours daily.
The clinic was constructed by the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Liberia, with funding from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB).
The center will provide services ranging from basic medical care, vaccination, mental child health and dentistry (toothache), as well as performing minor surgery while providing consultancy.
Jehu G. Leabah, a Registered Nurse (RN) and the Chief Administrator of the clinic, told the Daily Observer that the center has employed eight other well-trained nurses and support staff, who will offer services for minimum and affordable fees.
“We have an equipped laboratory to diagnose HIV and other kinds of infections, as well as diseases including blood group,” Leabah said.
Representative Dixon W. Seeboe of Montserrado County District #16 donated assorted medical supplies, including beds, tables, trays, cartoons of syringes, and gloves that valued over US$4,000.
Seeboe expressed gratitude for the construction of the clinic and the subsequent appointment of Mr. Leabah to administer services.
He advised the nurses and the hospital to provide quality services and said that as Lawmaker, he will do routine checks at the clinic.
“We will try our best to give you something for whatsoever we get in the district to help you treat our people,” Rep. Seeboe assured the staff, promising to be checking on them.
Rep. Seeboe is the Chairman on the House’s Banking and Currency Committee, and has been vocal on the bad state of the economy, especially the alleged poor performances of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
It was based on his communication to the House of Representatives that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning were summoned to appear on Thursday, March 1.