‘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

Euro 2016 player ratings: How Wales stars fared in the stunning win over Belgium

first_img 14 14 14 Ashley Williams, defender – 9 – A true leader in the heart of the Dragons’ defence, organising the back five and losing his marker to head home the equaliser from a corner. A type of player England were lacking in Roy Hodgson’s squad. Ben Davies, defender – 7 – Solid at the heart of defence but it was tarnished early on when he was booked inside five minutes, meaning he will miss the semi final. Chris Gunter, wing-back – 7 – The Reading full-back had to face some big stars from Belgium and he dealt with them well, putting in a solid performance on the right-hand side. His stunning cross found Sam Vokes for Wales’ third late on. Wales’ incredible Euro story continued on Friday as they booked their place in the semi final with an incredible win over Belgium.Chris Coleman’s side came from behind to win 3-1 in Lille – live on talkSPORT – to book a last four meeting with Portugal. Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan netted a superb long-range strike for the Red Devils before Ashley Williams headed them back on level terms. Hal Robson-Kanu came up with a spectacular piece of skill to put the Dragons in front, before Sam Vokes came off the bench to make it three late on. So, how did Wales fare against Marc Wilmots’ Belgium? Click the arrow, above right, to see how talkSPORT rated all 11 starters and three substitutes’ performances at Stade Pierre-Mauroy 14 14 14 14 14 Hal Robson-Kanu, forward – 8 – Took his goal brilliantly, losing three markers with a Cruyff turn before finishing coolly past Thibaut Courtois. Battled hard for the duration. He is a free agent after leaving Reading and the goal will only have helped his stock rise. Expect to see him in the Premier League in 2016/17. Joe Allen, holding midfield – 7 – Chased every cause and broke up play in the centre. Was at fault as he gave away possession which led to Radja Nainggolan’s goal in the first half. 14 14 Joe Ledley, holding midfield – 7 – Incredible to be here after picking up an injury at the end of the Premier League season. A solid performance before he was replaced by Andy King. 14 Aaron Ramsey, attacking midfield – 8 – As he has been in this tournament, the Arsenal midfielder was excellent and influential. He controlled the ball in the box brilliantly before laying on the assist for Robson-Kanu to make it 2-1. He made a mistake in the 75th minute – and he knew it – when he was shown a yellow card, ruling him out of the semi-final due to suspension. 14 14 14 Neil Taylor, wing-back – 8 – Made a vital clearance off the goal-line early on and he nearly scored his second goal of the tournament in the second half. Performed his attacking and defensive duties brilliantly. James Chester, defender – 8 – Very good alongside Ashley Williams. Tony Pulis should be impressed by his performances after playing him out of position for West Brom last season. Wayne Hennessey, goalkeeper – 7 – Made a key save early on as Belgium started well. Little he could do to stop Radja Nainggolan’s first-half rocket. SUB ONE – Andy King, midfield – 7 – Replaced Joe Ledley in the second half and broke up play well in midfield, making it hard for Belgium to find a way through. SUB TWO – Sam Vokes, forward – 8 – The Burnley midfielder was put on to chase balls and see out the win, but he sealed the victory with a great header late on. He took his chance brilliantly, meeting Chris Gunter’s cross from the right-hand side. Gareth Bale, attacking midfield – 7 – By his usually high standards, the Real Madrid star was relatively quiet. Wales showed they were not a one-man team as Robson-Kanu netted the winner, Ramsey assisting. Bale chased every cause and he had lively moments, very nearly scoring in the first-half after a long solo run. Without Ramsey in the semi-final, the 26-year-old will be even more important. SUB THREE – James Collins, defender – N/A – The 32-year-old was put on late in the game to run down the clock and see out the victory.last_img read more