– Appeals to WHO, GOL, others
Doctors who diagnosed one of Liberia’s talented registered nurses (RN), Forkpah Emmanuel, 26, with ‘chronic abdominal pain’ that has lasted for over five years, have advised him to seek advanced medical treatment out of the country, preferably in the United States of America.
Since he developed the condition, Emmanuel said he has visited several health facilities in the country, including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor and Chinese-owned Third Rock Laboratory Clinic in Congo Town, from where doctors suspected ‘cancer and or an enlarged liver.’
“After the doctors diagnosed my condition, they put me on some medication, but there has been no improvement, so I went to a different hospital,” Emmanuel said.
Between 2015 and 2016, Emmanuel visited the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, the Catholic Hospital and the SOS Clinic, “but all the doctors diagnosed me as having the same ailment,” he cried.
“After I encountered these difficulties, I reported my condition to authorities at the Ministry of Health (MoH), but they too have not responded to my request since they are yet to formulate a policy to cover the country’s health workers,” Emmanuel said.
Emmanuel said he did not only stop at the MoH, but contacted authorities at the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) for financial assistance, “but they said my situation is not job-related.”
Shortly after NASSCORP’s response, Emmanuel said officials of the National Health Workers Association contacted the Civil Service Agency on his behalf, “since they are the ones that employed us, but they did not give us a dime, because there is no budget that covers the health workers in case of ailments.”
When doctors in the country failed in their efforts to relieve Emmanuel of his ailment, they referred him to Ghana, where he was admitted at Korlu Bu Teaching Hospital on October 10, 2015, with the history of “chronic abdominal pain that he has endured five years.”
According to Dr. S. Mensah, a specialist who attended to him, “after medical and laboratory examinations, findings included Gastritis Ulcer, Gastric Cancer, Enlarged Liver of 18.9 cm, and food poisoning.
“Treatment was done, but patient condition remains critical. In this background, patient has again been advised to go to the United States of America for further medical treatment,” the doctor noted.
Emmanuel worked at the Phebe Hospital near Gbarnga, Bong County, and was assigned at the children’s ward, but because of his ailment, authorities there granted him a sick leave.
In 2012, he graduated from the Phebe School of Nursing. He and his parents, among them his father, a retired nurse, are appealing to the WHO, the Government of Liberia (GOL) and humanitarian organizations, as well as well-meaning Liberians, for help.
Whoever wants to and can help Emmanuel should please call: 0886630850/0775872422.