‘Phebe Hospital is in Financial Crisis,’ Owes US$ 300,000 to Vendors

first_imgFront view of Phebe Hospital-Says Dr. Jefferson Sibley  The Phebe referral hospital in Suakoko, Bong County, in Central Liberia is in serious financial crisis as the hospital lacks essential drugs to cater to its many patients, the medical director, Dr. Jefferson Sibley has confirmed.Dr. Sibley told radio ELBC on Friday, November 23, that the government provides over 80 percent of the hospital’s running cost, but said that as it relates to the provision of goods and services, the government is slow in responding to the request of the hospital.“The government helps with personnel cost, but for goods and services, the government is slow,” Dr. Sibley said.He said that as a result of the dwindling supply of goods and services to Phebe, the hospital has incurred over US$300,000 debt to its vendors, and the vendors have refused to supply the hospital with drugs and other essential materials.He said that the hospital lacks drugs, fuel to run the machine, food for patients and other vital materials that would make the facility run effectively.In its Wednesday, November 21, edition with the caption, “97 Yr-Old Phebe Hospital Nears Collapse,” this newspaper reported that Dr. Sibley said the hospital may close its doors to the public due to “the lack of sufficient budgetary support to run the hospital.”Phebe Hosptial Medical Director, Dr. Jefferson SibleyHowever, on Thursday, November 22, on ELBC, an official of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning refuted the story, and said the government is providing the required financial support to the hospital.The official added, “in 2016/2017 fiscal year, Phebe received approximately US$2 million as well as in the 2017/2018 budget period, the hospital obtained US$ 2.0 million, and in the 2018/2019 national budget, the hospital got US$ 1.98 million. So, there is no need for the administration to cry foul for limited support.”Dr. Sibley specified that the referral hospital will need US$3 million to successfully operate, noting, “Can you imagine electricity power is switched off before 10:00 p.m., which is not unique to any hospital like Phebe.”“Without electricity, we will not be able to run this hospital and running such an institution on a generator is cost intensive,” Dr. Sibley said.“Patients who come to the hospital are normally given prescriptions to buy drugs, because of the prevailing situation. The hospital serves hundreds of patients on a daily basis, most of whom are from the low-income support background,” Dr. Sibley said.Dr. Sibley said the hospital uses 6,000 gallons of fuel every month, which is causing the administration a huge sum of money, adding, “because of this, we are indebted to our vendors that do not want to trust us any more.”He said money allotted to the hospital in the national budget is sliced to support the running of the School of Nursing, while the hospital spent pretty close to US$800,000 to maintain the school alone per year.As for the Nursing School, Sibley said that a few years ago, the government mandated the administration of the hospital to run the school free of charge with the sole purpose to bridge the human resource gap that existed in the health sector.“And during those years, things went fine with support from partners, but right now the partners that were supporting the program have had funding fatigue and the funding of this school is squarely in the hands of the government which is not adequate,” he said.The Phebe Hospital, opened in 1921, was built by a Christian institution,  the Lutheran Church. The Phebe School of Nursing was the first nursing school in the country. In spite of being looted during the civil-war, Phebe Hospital never stopped offering services during the civil crisis, “but this particular situation is more than the war, because patients are asked to buy drugs outside the hospital and sometimes they don’t find it; it is serious,” Dr. Sibley added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal are to appeal the sending off of captain Michael Murphy in yesterday’s Ulster Championship game against Cavan.The big Glenswilly man was only settling into the game when he was harshly shown a red card after he shouldered his marker in the 13th minute of the game.Murphy caught his opponent in the chest but television analysis of the encounter showed the Murphy did not raise his hands. Manager Jim McGuinness said later that they will be awaiting the referee’s report but will appeal the sending-off.“We will await the referee’s report to see what he has to say but I think it was harsh. WE will be appealing it,” he said.If the sending-off is upheld, Murphy will be banned for a month and will miss the vital semi-final encounter against Tyrone in two weeks time.However former Donegal legend and BBC pundit Martin McHugh said he thinks Murphy could be given the benefit of the doubt. “I think it will be appealed and I think Donegal have a good chance of getting the red card overturned,” he said.EndsDONEGAL TO APPEAL CAPTAIN MICHAEL MURPHY’S SENDING OFF was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAMichael Murphysending offlast_img read more