Bong: Fear Grabs Residents over Closure of Yowee Clinic

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By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan

Residents of Yowee Town and other nearby communities in Bong County are currently living in fear due to the closure of the only clinic in the area.

Since the opening of the clinic in 2020, Nurses assigned at the Health facility have over the last five months complained of the lack of drugs and other medical equipment at the health facility.

In spite of the many cries for drugs by nurses, the Bong County Health Team is yet to intervene. However, nurses at the facility lately closed the health center and left the Town to unknown destinations.

The situation has placed the Town’s citizens in total fear. The residents are therefore calling on the Ministry of Health to quickly intervene.

Yowee Town Chief Francis Tokpah said they might go back to their old days’ life by only depending on herbs to treat sicknesses. According to him, he is mostly concerned about pregnant women and children.

Yowee clinic has over the past been the one and only stop Health Center for more than four thousand residents. Traditional midwives are said to have reorganized themselves to start helping pregnant women.

In a related development, nurses at the Armah Sekou Toure health center have called on the Bong County Health Team to provide drugs for the clinic. According to the OIC Patience Fanga, the health center currently lacks essential drugs and gloves. Patience said Paracetamol, Oral Rehydration Salt and B2 have finished and the need for more cannot be downplayed.

The Armah Sekou Toure Health Center is in Jorwah, which is situated at the Guinea border. The Center caters to patients from Guinea as well. Named after former Guinean President Sekou Toure, the clinic was constructed during the administration of former Liberian President William R. Talbert with support from the governments of Liberia and Guinea.

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