Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan L. Kaipay has donated a 20KVA Cummings Generator to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan, to help restore electricity to the County’s major referral medical facility where generators were destroyed by a recent fire disaster.
The donation of the US$10,000 generator over the weekend came after fire gutted and completely destroyed the hospital’s power house last Thursday, March 29, prompting the emergency transfer of more than 60 patients, whose lives posed a risk to other medical facilities in Buchanan City.
The immediate cause of the fire was not identified; but the hospital’s authorities are treating it as “electrical fault” through its wiring system.
The presentation ceremony of the generator at the hospital on Saturday morning was attended by the chairman of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, Representative Thomas Gohusa, Co-chair, Representative Matthew Joe, Superintendent Janjay Baikpeh, the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Alfred Loua and the County Health Officer, Dr. Anthony Tucker.
According to authorities at the hospital, a patient that was under critical condition and who was being transferred to the Catholic Health Center in Buchanan, due to the intensity of the fire died before reaching that facility.
Report said the patient was among the 66 transferred when the fire incident occurred. Of that number, the report added that 48 patients were transferred to the ArcelorMittal Hospital in the concession area, while 18 others were taken to the Saint Peter’s Catholic Health Center.
The Administrator of the Hospital, Isaac Bannie, said Sen. Kaipay’s intervention was “timely and will restore electricity and normal operations at the facility.”
He added, “Besides Sen. Kaipay’s donation, the Ministry of Health also sent two Perkin generators to the hospital, one 40KVA and 50KVA, that are said to be in good condition.”
He added that the hospital also serves as a referral hospital for River Cess and Sinoe counties.
Sen. Kaipay told the media shortly after he presented the generator that the contribution was his personal donation from his income as an emergency response to the health needs of his kinsmen, which helped to clarify that the donation was not made from the County’s Legislative Caucus.
Dr. Tucker thanked Sen. Kaipay for responding swiftly to the needs of the hospitalized patients and others.