The international charity, Save the Children, has constructed an 11-room clinic in Tucker-ta Margibi County to cater to the health needs of hundreds of Liberians in that part of the country.
The construction of the health facility is in continuation of the charity’s numerous assistances to Liberia’s struggling health sector, which is making frantic efforts at recovery, following years of conflict that destroyed every infrastructure of the country.
The community desperately needed the timely intervention of a group like Save the Children to construct a health facility as the old Tucker-ta Clinic, which was small, dark, and very close to the road, had been earmarked for demolition as a result of the Liberian Government’s current road expansion exercise taking place on the Margibi-Bong highway.
Though the 11-room facility has not been furnished and officially turned over to the Liberian Government through the Margibi County Health Team, health service delivery has commenced within its walls with the six health workers on duty there treating up to 50 patients daily.
During a tour of the newly constructed facility, Monday, March 24, by several media practitioner led by Save the Children’s Advocacy and Campaign Coordinator, residents of the area including health workers described the intervention as very timely.
They told the team of reporters that it would have been a disaster had the clinic not been completed in time to replace the old structure which a philanthropic resident of Tucker-ta donated for use as a clinic in the area years ago.
The Certified Midwife and the Officer in Charge at the Tucker-ta Clinic in separate interviews with reporters praised Save the Children for the construction of the clinic and called for more support to equip the facility. According to them even though, Save the Children built the clinic, it is no longer fully supporting the facility.
CM Karlegar L. Cooper said: “The old clinic was very tight, no lights and no ventilation. We did screening and delivery in one very small room. There was no privacy for patients because it just one room for pregnant women and those in labor. So it was not healthy at all medically. But at this new clinic we have enough space. We have the labor room and the post-partum room. So we are grateful to Save the Children and we hope they can continue to help us.”