A cross-section of citizens and some pressure groups of Bong County have complained about the “sub-standard work” being done on facilities that are to house health providers working at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Suakoko District in Bong County.
The County leadership recently provided US$ 50,000.00 to the County Ebola Taskforce in collaboration with efforts to fight and eradicate the Ebola virus in the county. The amount was withdrawn from the County Social Development Funds provided by concession companies operating in the county. Of the US$ 50,000.00, the amount of US$ 12,000.00 was set aside by the county leadership to construct facilities at the leper colony situated a few miles away from the Phebe Hospital that would house health workers who are providing services at the ETU.
The groups, the Bong Alternative Movement and the Bong Youth Movement for Consciousness including the citizens told reporters that the facilities being built by the county leadership do not reflect the amount stated by the county authority.
“If you give me US$ 5,000.00, I will complete the project but the county administration is claiming that it used US$ 12,000.00 to undertake” the project, William Dolo Co-chairman of the Bong Alternative Movement challenged.
The citizens and the groups argued that the figure expended by the county administration to have the facilities built does not reflect the actual reality on the ground.
They then urged the county administration to provide the citizens with comprehensive financial reports because according to them the buildings do not represent the amount spent to have the facilities completed.
In an interview with journalists on Tuesday October 14 2014, Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Anthony Sheriff , emphatically stated that the coating of walls was ongoing and the health workers providing services at the ETU will begin using the facilities in a week’s time.
The Assistant Superintendent for Development told reporters that the county leadership expended the amount to have the work finished on time so that the healthcare providers can commence using the facilities.
Mr. Sheriff explained that the county authority reached the decision in order for health workers assigned at the ETU not to experience any inconveniences reporting to duty.
It is now a little over a month since the International Medical Corps (IMC), a U S based medical charity, took over the management of the ETU in Suakoko District in Bong County.
The facility was constructed by Save the Children International (SCI)as part of its support to the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease that is claiming lives in the country and formal turning over ceremony of the ETU to the Government of Liberia by SCI was held on September 10, 2014.
The ETU is fully functional according to our correspondent with both local and expatriate health workers cooperating to ensure that the hemorrhagic fever is kicked out of this part of the country.
This reporter who visited the construction site established that local materials provided by the local inhabitants were largely used to implement the project.
Our correspondent said one of the buildings that is being renovated by the county leadership was erected in 1964 during the administration of the late President William V. S. Tubman for use by lepers.
This reporter observed that only the zinc which is 14 gauge and labor costs were the county administration’s only expenditure.