6 July 2014

Liberia: Patients' Load Increases At Sime Darby - Plantation Responds Readily

The Sime Darby Clinic in Bomi County for the first time since its establishment has recorded a significant increment in its number of patients. In the month of June there were 3,064 patients as compared to a load of between 1,800 and 2,000 patients in previous months.

June also saw the success of 32 deliveries. This statistics means that the clinic's yearly patients' load of 30,000 is most likely to increase as of the year 2014.

And according to the officer-in-charge of the facility, Physician Assistant Sam T. Moore, the increment is not that medical services at the clinic are free of charge, but that it provides adequate services and drugs.

"You know that things are hard, and people are looking for a place where they can get good services, especially free of charge.

"The free-of-charge service is really helping our people. Some of them come from as far as Grand Cape Mount County. It is helping them a lot," he told the New Republic newspaper over the weekend in an interview.

Mr. Moore disclosed that the management of Sime Darby was committed to supporting the clinic, spending between US$30,000 and 35,000 on drug alone per quarter.

With a medical team of 43, comprising nurses, a doctor, a physician assistant, laboratory technicians, dispensers, registrars and, among others, janitors, Mr. Moore is confident that the clinic is just beginning a long period of professionalism and humanitarianism.

The Sime Darby Clinic was established to cater to the health needs of all 3,500 employees and their six dependents. Notwithstanding, the Malaysian oil palm concessioner allows for the access to its medical services of non-employees who live even faraway from Tubmanburg just nearby.

Though still a limited health facility, that refers cases to the government hospital in Tubmanburg and the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital in Monrovia, the clinic offers services in obstetrics, pediatrics, antenatal and maternal care. There are in-patient and out-patient departments.

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