Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded staff of the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan for the sacrificial services they continue to render the nation in the face of current challenges.
He assured staff of the hospital of Government's commitment to improve working conditions of medical staff and medical facilities across the country.
“As we go out, we look around and try to attract assistance. It is a gradual process; it will not happen suddenly,” Vice President Boakai said.
The Vice President, who was in Buchanan to participate in a Cabinet Retreat chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the Poverty Reduction Strategy, made the commendation during a tour of the hospital's facilities on Saturday, October 23.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Idoko Ogar Godwin Andrew who guided Vice President Boakai on a tour of the hospital's facilities, stressed the need for the construction of a modern health center in Buchanan to accommodate the growing number of patients.
He said due to lack of space, three patients are sometimes accommodated on one bed in the hospital's Pediatric Ward.
Dr. Andrew emphasized that the number of patients has outgrown the hospital, and called on the county authorities to provide 15 acres of land for the construction of a new health facility that will become the county health center, while the current hospital becomes the district health center.
He said the patient population will grow further when ArcelorMittal and other companies commence full operations in the county.
Dr. Andrew also stressed the need for the deployment of additional doctors at the hospital to cope with the increasing workload.
He explained that the hospital currently boasts of only two medical doctors, while the entire county boasts of only four doctors, one at Mittal Steel and one at the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC).
The Senior Senator of Grand Bassa County, Hon. Gbehzongar Findley who accompanied Vice resident Boakai to the hospital, also stressed the need for construction of a modern, spacioushospital to accommodate the growing number of patients and said he would suggest to the county leadership to use the County Development Fund to undertake this project.
Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai on Saturday donated relief food items to the Buchanan Government Hospital and several orphanage homes inBuchanan, including the God Heritage, Mother Beah and Etta NasserOrphanage Homes.
Food items distributed were powder milk, Rice, canned beans and canned vegetables. The relief items are a gift from the United Kingdom based His Church Charity to the Government and people of Liberia through the Office of the Vice President.
Earlier this year, Vice President Boakai donated clothing and other relief items to the ELWA Hospital, the Liberia National Boxing Association, and the Motor Bike Riders Association of Rehab Community in Paynesville.