By Lincoln Barcon, from Grand Gedeh, Zwedru
Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital, one of Liberia’s public hospitals in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh, is faced with serious problem in meeting the needs of the over 100,000 people living in that part of the country.
Our reporter who just returned from the county disclosed that activities at the main health center had been faced with setbacks due to the lack of electricity, medical supplies and adequate drugs in the hospital.
Due to the deplorable health situation at the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru City, many of the citizens in the county seek medical attention in nearby counties including the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba and the J.J. Dossen Hospital in Harper, Maryland County.
Touring health facilities in Grand Gedeh where this year’s World Press Freedom Day was celebrated; it was observed that the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital which is a government run hospital was without electricity during treatment of patients.
This medical facility which has been serving as a medical training site for healthcare workers from various parts of the country is in an unstable condition since the Government took over its operations from international partners.
It was also observed that the construction of regional medical lab for the Southeastern counties which was under construction at the hospital has come to a standstill owing to lack of funding for contractors to complete the project.
A source at the hospital who took journalists on a guided tour, disclosed that the hospital has been in such condition for a very long time because of budgetary constraints something that is said to be impeding the smooth operations of the hospital in Zwedru.
Some of the health workers spoken to at the hospital said they are faced with many challenges including low distribution of medical supplies, the continual problem of power shortage or electricity especially during emergency and lack of renovation of the over 100-bedroom hospital facilities.
Health workers at the hospital narrated that during the transition period, the hospital and its patients were struggling as a result of lack of equipment.
Another healthcare worker at the regional medical lab wondered what it would be if someone with chest pain and one is told that only blood pressure cuff had broken.