The Margibi County Health Officer, Dr. Augustine N. Fanntehhas made it known that preparation to revamp the Kakata Health Center has kicked off with the rebuilding of the CH RennieHospital expected to commence November 2021 at an estimated cost of US$4 million.
According to Dr. Fannteh, since the burning of the CH RennieHospital on August 15, 2021, more operational cases have been referred to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in MontserradoCounty, but he believes the revamping of the Kakata Health Center will help the process of handling major medical cases in the county again.
He maintained that government is committed to rebuild the hospital within a period of nine months to one year at the same site.
Dr. Fannteh explained that the new modern building to house the hospital will contain 100 bed rooms for patients with major surgical rooms to enhance effective treatment of the people.
He revealed that members of the Margibi County Legislative Caucus have been supportive in the process to ensure that healthcare delivery services are available for people in the county.
Dr. Fannteh added that the CH Rennie Hospital was a referral hospital in the county, which had been catering to the medical care of people from lower Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Gbarpolu Counties but noted that its burning has caused serious health issues for people in these places.
He expressed hope that with the immediate revamping of the Kakata Health Center, it will go a long way to effectively transform the health system in Margibi County and adjacent counties.
“Margibi County Health System has 62 health facilities and 28 are public health facilities while more than 35 are private health facilities and the public health are not equally distributed across the county,” he added.
Dr. Fannteh indicated most of the facilities have been in deplorable condition over the years with no staff quarters to keep the health facilities functioning for 24 hours rather than just eight hours.
He explained that the county health team has been discussing with partners to ensure that some of the facilities like staff quarters can be available to function 24 hours.
He stressed that despite the government doing everything possible to support the health sector in the county, Dr. Fanntehsaid prominent citizens of Margibi County in government or private sector including those living abroad should take ownership of the health system in the county with their little contribution of providing needed equipment and materials to some of the health facilities in the county.