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No Functional Ambulance at Gov’t Hospital in Buchanan

Buchanan – The Medical Director of the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County says the only referral hospital is now without a functional ambulance.

Dr. Abraham Jawara told community radio stations in Buchanan that “the lives of patients who are in critical condition are at risk”, adding that the hospital also lack essential drugs.

He said the hospital’s two ambulances are have broken down including the only one that was servicing the hospital.

Dr. Jawara cautioned resident of the county and neighboring counties, who seek medical care, to be aware the current challenge confronted the hospital.

“I want to tell the people of Grand Bassa County and the world at large to know that the hospital is vulnerable, there are no drugs, no ambulance as well,” he said.

“Since 2019 /2020 Fiscal Budget year, the hospital has not received its two hundred thousand united states dollars (US$200,000) allotment”.

Mechanics working on the last functional ambulance after it broke down early this week in Buchanan | Photo By: Elton Wrionbee Tiah

Dr. Jawara is now seeking the intervention of humanitarians and other non-governmental organizations to intervene so that the hospital can be run efficiently.

“We are worried that patients under crucial conditions might find it very dangerous to get them over to Monrovia,” he said.

The Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan is the main public referral hospital in the county.

Elton Wroinbee Tiah is a Liberian Journalist based in Grand Bassa County, who has covered a variety of issues for the past seven years in the county and other parts of Liberia. He is currently the Program Director of Radio Dukpa - a major community radio station in Buchanan that produces most of its programs in the Bassa language. Tiah also contributes to many Monrovia based news outlets including FrontPage Africa. He holds an Associate of Science Degree from the Grand Bassa Community College and has also obtained several certificates in journalism. Tiah is interested in human interest and development reporting because these reporting are important to the development of his community.



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