J.J Dossen Hospital In Harper, Health Workers
JJ Dossen Joins Strike as Police Patrol Health Centers in Bong
By LINA Correspondents In Bong & Maryland Counties
HARPER, Feb 19 (LINA) - The J.J Dossen Hospital in Harper, Maryland County is turning away patients in critical conditions as nurses join the nationwide health workers strike.
When the Liberia News Agency Correspondent visited the hospital Wednesday morning, he saw scores of patients waiting for nurses to attend to them but to no avail.
LINA also discovered that all departments at the hospital were closed, except the out-patient department where medical support staffs are finding it very difficult to cope with the patients who are in their hundreds.
Earlier on Tuesday, workers at the J.J. Dossen Hospital, the county’s referral health post, had partially joined the strike with a lot of them performing their duties.
In a related development, authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Bong County have launched a routine patrol of health facilities to keep them save from criminals.
Making the disclosure to the Liberia News Agency Wednesday, Bong County Police Commander Morris T. Teamah said in addition to routine patrol of the facilities, they have also pleaded with local authorities to help protect these facilities.
He said unless such measures are taken, criminals could soon begin taking away sensitive equipment such as microscopes and other portable medical equipment.
The Police Commander is meanwhile appealing nurses to call off their strike, noting that the situation is causing serious embarrassment to patients and authorities.
He said due to the closure of health centers across the county, they were forced on Tuesday night to take several accident victims who needed urgent medical attention to a private clinic in Totota, Bong County.
"Health workers are life savers and they need to see themselves as such," emphasized the Bong County Liberia National Police Commander.