Nimba County District #7 Representative, Roger Domah has outlined several factors, which he said pose hazard to the country’s health system.
Domah’s observation was contained in a remark he made at the program marking the 2nd anniversary of the Esther and Jereline (E & J) Medical Center in Ganta on July 6, where he outlined some of the factors hampering the country’s health sector as importation of foodstuff that include rice, frozen food and drugs for use at health facilities.
Rep. Domah said that most of the rice business people import into the country go through several processes involving chemicals used for preservation before shipping those commodities to Liberia.
“Most of the food that are imported into the country are processed, and once food are processed, some chemical contents are being added to it. Whether we like it or not, regarding how good is it or not, it will have some health implications,” the lawmaker said.
He therefore called on locals to produce their food, rather than relying on imported food, “because you know how to preserve your own home-grown food.”
Rep. Domah, who spoke on the topic, “Self Building Services in the Health Sector,” said there are limited health workers in the country, a situation he said government needs to improve by training health practitioners to specialized in various fields.
Currently, Domah said there are about 300 medical doctors in a country with a population of about four million, “so the ratio of patient to doctor was too huge.”
He added that among the doctors, about 203 were Liberians, while 95 of them were foreign nationals that include 72 females and 91 specialized ones, while about 207 were general surgeons.
The E&J Medical Center resumed operation on July 1, 2016, but statistics there have shown that since that time, the facility has handled about 905 cases of ailment.
The hospital is in partnership with Hernia International, a medical organization that has performed 1,372 surgeries on those with hernia “free of charge.”
The chief Medical Doctor, Dr. Peter George said the partnership with Hernia International is still strong and by November and December this year, another team of doctors are expected to conduct “free medical surgeries on people diagnosed of hernia.”
The administrator, Victor Kpaiseh has praised the employees for remaining committed to their calling, in spite of the hard economic situation or other challenges they are faced with.
He said the hospital is improving sewer system and is also embarking on the construction of a storey building as training center for nurses.
Meanwhile, the E & J has named Madam Esther Barleah, a technician, as “Staff of the Year” because of her dedicated services.
The facility was constructed by Representative Jeremiah K. Koung of Nimba Electoral District #1, as a means to improving the country’s health delivery system.
The occasion was attended by local county officials, including Superintendent Dorr Cooper and representatives of several other civil society organizations (CSOs).