Phebe Hospital in US$300K Debt, Lacks Drugs, Essential Equipment

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Dr. Sibley wants government help Phebe Hospital, or else...

-Dr. Jefferson Sibley discloses

The Phebe referral hospital in Suakoko, Bong County, is in dire need of help to secure laboratory equipment, drugs and electricity to improve its health service delivery, the medical director, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, has said.

Dr. Sibley informed this newspaper that over the past years the hospital has incurred a little over US$300,000 as debt to vendors.

He made the disclosure at a program marking the Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing exercises on Wednesday, July 25, where more than 90 persons received diplomas in various disciplines.

At the ceremony, Sibley disclosed that the hospital is not receiving adequate budgetary allocation from the government that would effectively run the hospital to meet the health needs of patients.

He said that the hospital uses monthly, 6,000 gallons of fuel, something he said is causing the hospital huge sums of money.

Dr. Sibley added, “Because of this, we are indebted to our vendors who do not want to trust us any longer with supply of fuel.

“Without electricity, we will not be able to run this hospital, because running an institution of such on generators is cost intensive,” Dr. Sibley emphasized.

As for the the Paramedical School, Dr. Sibley said that the school needs US$800,000 to effectively operate annually, “but during the last fiscal year, the school received US$100,000, forcing the administration to slice money from what is being allotted to the hospital in the budget just to run the school.

“Few years back, government mandated us to run this institution free-of-charge, with the sole strategy of bridging the human resource gap existing in our health system. Things went fine during those years, with the support of our partners; but right now, partners have suffered funding fatigue, so funding for this school is now squarely in the hands of the government which is not adequate,” Dr. Sibley explained.

He said that Phebe Hospital is now faced with huge challenges, which include the sewer system and the supply of electricity. He said at certain times of the day, the administration gives electric power to strategic parts of the hospital, including the operating theaters, in order to reduce the workload on the machine.

Earlier, the president of the Liberia Nursing Association, Mrs. Gloria Stevens, lauded the administration for the services the hospital continues to provide to the people in building human capacity.

Mrs. Stevens used the occasion to challenge the graduates to exhibit love and commitment to the nursing profession.

“You took oath to save lives. So go and prove that love to those in need of medical services, but not to misuse the profession,” she charged the graduates.

In the 2018/2019 fiscal budget, a proposed budget of US$1,981,976 was projected for the hospital, but it has not been established if there has been a reduction in that amount.

3 COMMENTS

  1. A very sad moment for Phebe Hospital, its patients, its employees and the country. Phebe Hospital has made worthwhile contributions in so many areas of life. The list of its trained nurses is endless. In terms of providing health care, Phebe Hospital has shown itself to be one of the very best in the country. Let’s hope that this sad moment in its operation will not devalue its significance. Let’s hope also that the government of Liberia as well as CEOs of charity organizations will rescue Phebe Hospital from its trouble.

  2. I recommend solar, wind or renewable energy to power the hospital. It is much more sustainable. Initial cost will be high but long term benefits will outweigh cost. Build about five 100Kwh (500Kwh battery bank) lithium ion battery packs using “18650” cells. One way to workaround the cost of building this is to delegate the “build” to LEC engineers and technicians and the Electrical engineering department @ UL (under the supervision of qualified engineers). The cost associated with the implementation will be far more lesser than actually buying packs from Tesla for example. The solar cells (flexible ones for durability) can be ordered from a factory (China most likely) and assembled in Liberia. The power regulator(s) can be bought as they are relatively cheap. Low consumption LED lights (with sensors can be placed all over the hospital to adjust the lighting with daylight conditions), hence low consumption.

    Ofcourse , you will need a 100Kwh standby generator for the rainy season/emergency. This could be a quick fix til some form of public electricity (Kpatawee waterfall?) “covers” Gbarnga and surrounding cities.

  3. Very good suggestions. So let’s say it’s a touchdown. Thus far, your suggestions have left an indelible imprint on the charts. Therefore, I wilk offer a name change for you…..
    How’s about……… Mr. Savant?

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