16 January 2013

Liberia: Jackson Doe Hospital Faces Shortages

The Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County faces short supply of drugs, food, including fruits and vegetable.

Nimba County Electoral District #6 Representative, Ricks Toweh, said food is needed for the operation of the hospital, which serves people from southeast and central Liberia, respectively.

He said besides, the hospital needs money to operate, but regretted that the amount suggested in the 2012/2013 national budget for its effective operation, was not approved.

"During the budget hearings mid-last year, we (legislators) put in US$6 million, but regrettably, only US$700,000.00 was approved for the hospital which is not enough," Representative Toweh noted.

The lawmaker said he has asked some of his kinsmen within his constituent to go on his farm and get plantain and other foodstuffs for the hospital.

In a related development, Lofa County Representative Saa Fofie Bimba, has said the lack of farm-to-market roads in his district was impeding progress of his people. He said the citizens were faced with difficulty in bringing their produce to the market.

In the same vein, Bimba noted that teachers and nurses working in the district were encountering difficulty in enchasing their monthly salary cheques.

"Being that there are no banking institutions in the area, these nurses and teachers have to abandon work to travel long distance, losing L$3,000.00 as transport fare to Voinjama just to cash their salaries," he noted.

Meanwhile, Representative Bimba has appealed to banking institutions to extend their services by opening branches in the area.

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