Sinoe County has no shortage of prominent, well-to-do and highly exposed sons and daughters that can, if they wish, make anything happen in this country. We begin this Editorial by appealing to all of them to hurry, unite and fix F.J. Grant Hospital in Greenville. Remember, “26” is coming to your town—Greenville—and your county. Let it not be said that people got sick or had accidents during “26,” got worse or died because there was no hospital to take them to.
Because of the seriousness of this Editorial, we will call names. Senator Dr. Peter Coleman, who heads the Committee on Health in the Liberian Senate, former Senate President Pro-Temp Cletus Wotorson, former Senator and former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson, Presidential Affairs Minister Bobby McClain and his younger brother, National Oil Company President Randolph McClain, should all never forget that the county from which they hail—Grand Kru— was created out of the belly of Sinoe County. Yes, Grand Cess and other parts of Grand Kru were too small to be a county.
Indeed, they were only a Territory, called Kru Coast Territory (KCT), connected to Maryland County. KCT was once headed by Weade Kobbah’s father, Samson Kobbah. So how did Grand Kru County come about? The government borrowed a huge chunk from Sinoe County—a whole Territory to the north called Sasstown—to form Grand Kru County. So all of these great people mentioned above are also part of Sinoe County and should reach out to save the F.J. Grant.
But there are more Sinoeans who can help. Let’s begin with the First United Methodist Church’s 2015 Father of the Year, a veritable Greeenville-born “Sinoe boy,” Ambassador Charles A. Minor, Sr. But he is not the only prominent Ambassador from Sinoe. There’s Ambassador Dew Tuan Wleh Mayson, a onetime khaki-clad revolutionary who overnight after the 1980 coup d’état became a millionaire.
Close to him, too, is Greenville-born Dr. Amos Sawyer, former President of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) and now Chairman of the Governance Commission. They are all true “Sinoe boys.” And don’t forget businessman Dr. Charles Clarke, former Chair of the ruling Unity Party, and Sinoe’s two former Superintendents—one, now Senator Milton Teahjay and another Ambassador, Sylvester Grigsby—scion of one of Sinoe’s eminent families (Senator Harrison, former Interior Secretary).
There are also scores of accountants, engineers and medical doctors in the Diaspora from Sinoe. These include Dr. Joseph N. Togba, Jr., a plastic surgeon practicing in California, son of Sasstown-born Dr. J.N. Togba, Sr., former Director General, National Public Health Service. These and other Sinoe boys and girls are doing very well in America and elsewhere and they need to join in the fight to save the F.J Grant. Don’t forget Dr. Togba, Jr.’s siblings, Helen Juah and Counselor John Nagbe Togba.
But we are not yet done naming Sinoe luminaries. The last two we have to mention are, of course—Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, definitely one of Sinoe’s greatest sons, and, guess who else!
The President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! Yes, her grandmother and mother were proud “Sinoe girls!” Ellen is close to Bomi County, yes, because her father, Carney Johnson, Sr., traveled all the way from Gola country in then Bomi Territory, Montserrado County, to Sinoe to find a new wife—and that is how Ellen and her siblings came along.
Surely, then, the F.J. Grant, named appropriately after a man who long before Sinoe got its first modern medical institution, treated his people with herbs—and that is how many survived.
Modern medicare arrived with the birth of the F.J. Grant in 1959. Our correspondent Leroy Sonpon, on special assignment in Sinoe last week, told us that today, the F.J. is in dire difficulty and needs everything, including the roof that is badly leaking, basic equipment, both diagnostic and treatment, laboratories, toilet and bath facilities, beds, lights, air-conditioners and, of course, medicines, etc.
We pray that all these Sinoe women and men and more will join Health Minister Bernice Dahn, who herself has Sinoe-Grand Kru connections, and deliver immediate remedy to the F.J. Grant, in time for
“26” and beyond. Because of the urgency, this may be—Ebola or no Ebola—Dr. Dahn’s first major assignment.