E&J Medical Center Needs Logistical, Other Support

first_imgThe management of the Esther & Jereline Koung Medical Center, commonly known as E&J Medical Center in Ganta City, is calling on the national government and other well wishers for logistical and other support to enhance the smooth running of the hospital.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Ganta yesterday, Chief Administrator Mr. Lawrence Tozay said the cost of running the hospital is huge and it requires external support to provide the needed health services to the people.He explained that the hospital runs on 24-hour electricity, serves patients with 3 daily meals and at the same time provides other services to meet their health needs which, he said, cannot be managed by the current intake alone.“This hospital needs four medical doctors, 60 nurses and 20 midwives as well as other support staff to provide the needed services for our people,” he said.Tozay added that at present the hospital does not have an ambulance, while lubricants to keep the hospital’s generators on regularly remain a daily challenge.He boasted that the hospital has one of the best laboratories in Liberia, where many important medical tests that sometimes take patients to Ghana, including liver, kidney, and lipid profiles, are done.“We also do electrolytes, thyroid function, fertility hormones, hematology, microbiology and serology,” said Dr. Peter M. George, a medical doctor presently working at the hospital. “One of our major constraints is the logistical problem.”The hospital is running both inpatient and outpatient services, the administrator said.“Every ward is fully air conditioned with satellite disc television system to reduce stress on our patients,” Mr. Tozay said.The outpatient department is also fully air conditioned with two television sets, making it second to none in the country, he noted.Since the hospital opened to the public over a month ago, it has conducted 28 successful surgeries, said Dr. George.The E&J Medical Center is the second medical facility in Ganta City, where the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has been operating since the 1920s.It was officially dedicated on July 23, 2016 by Vice President Joseph Boakai, with scores of high profile government officials present.“Owing to the health care needs our people face, Jeremiah Koung, in 2011 made health his priority as he contested for the post of Representative; and upon winning the election, he broke ground for the hospital project in 2012,” Mr. Tozay explained.The hospital is presently receiving about 20 to 50 patients daily, according to the administrator.“This hospital is for everybody and we are asking any well wisher to come in with whatsoever help they have to enhance the running of the hospital,” he pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Higher staffing costs see profits fall at NATS

first_imgOlderGovernment launches first ever tourism sector deal in UK NATS has seen revenue slip to £886 million for financial 2019, down from £913 million last year.The figure comes despite an increase in airline traffic. The UK-based air traffic controller handled a record 2.54 million flights last year, up from 2.52 in 2018.Net debt also rose, from £72 million to £74 million, while capital investment fell to £157 million, down from £186 million. NATS chief executive, Martin Rolfe, said: “The group reported a profit before tax which was £34.6 million less than the prior year.  ADVERTISEMENT“This mainly reflected real price reductions to our en route customers, and investment in additional staff to meet the growth in air traffic volumes and to progress our technology change and airspace programmes.”He added: “This was an excellent year for service performance with the delivery of a safe and resilient air traffic control service, every day, against a backdrop of growing traffic and while introducing complex new technology into our terminal control operation.“We safely handled 2.54 million flights in the year, which was a record volume for the UK, and represented just under 25 per cent of all flights in Europe.  “While doing this, we completed the deployment of electronic flight strips, a major new electronic system which replaced a paper system.  “This followed a complex transition plan that we developed with airlines and airports to minimise the impact on their operations, and we received very positive feedback on the manner and timing of this deployment.“Our average delay per flight (for the 2018 calendar year) was 12.5 seconds, and included 4.8 seconds of delay specifically associated with this transition. “In spite of this our performance was five times better than the average delays experienced elsewhere across Europe.” NewerLondon City Airport consults on new masterplan for growthlast_img read more