4 June 2012

Liberia: Catholic Hospital Assures Quality Health Services Despite Financial Constraints

The Management of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital has assured the provision of quality and better health services to the Liberian people and foreign residents, despite the financial constraints facing the hospital. The hospital, which has been operating in the country for more than 40 years, is amongst the few referral hospitals in the country. According to the Chief Medical Doctor of the hospital, Madam Lily Sanvee, the hospital would continue to provide efficient and effective services to the public. She gave the assurance over the weekend when she spoke to reporters in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

Speaking further, the chief medical doctor of the Catholic Hospital stated that the hospital attaches great importance to the health conditions of the citizens, and as such, the hospital will continue serve the public .

Madam Sanvee recalled that over the years, the Catholic Hospital contributed immensely to the nation's health sector by catering to patients, especially those in critical conditions.

She stressed the need for more support to the hospital in order to maintain such efficient and quality services to the public.

She said although government is subsidizing the hospital, but more need to be done in order for the hospital to go beyond what it is doing presently.

Madam Sanvee disclosed that government is providing US$ 100,000 as subsidy to the hospital.

This amount, she said, is used for the payment of electricity bill to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

"Most of our support is coming from Spain and our donors told us recently that they (donors) will not be able to continue their support due to the crisis in that country. We will be constrained to shut down our affordable and efficient services to the public by September if nothing is done to address our situation," she noted.

She called on philanthropic and humanitarian organizations to come to the aid of the hospital.

It can be recalled that recently, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, stressed the need for more subsidy to the hospital.

Senator Coleman promised to lobby with his colleagues in finding a remedy to the financial constraints facing the hospital.

At the same time, the chief medical doctor of the Catholic Hospital has clarified that the hospital is not planning to abruptly shut down its services, contrary to reports.

Meanwhile, participants of the Intensive Care workshop at the hospital have commenced the practical aspect of the training.

The participants led by Dr. Javier Maywar from Spain over the weekend learnt new skills in intensive care compression.

The participants include doctors and nurses from the Catholic hospital, medical students, amongst others.

The training, which commenced on May 30, 2012, is expected to climax on June 8, 2012.

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