The hospital, which is the only government referral hospital in the county, was gutted by fire early Sunday morning on the 15th of August, 2021 as a result of fluctuation of electrical power that started late Saturday evening. The situation continued until when one of several electric breakers was outweighed by the fluctuation of power in the main hospital building that host the Emergency Room, (ER), Surgical theater, X-Ray room and several offices. However, there was no casualty. But the fire caused substantial damage to the building that will cause the only referral not to cater to the health needs of the public for some time.
Scores of citizens gathered there to contain the fire from burning other buildings on the hospital compound. They were very persistent in containing the fire that engulfed the hospital early Sunday morning. Accordingly, President Weah, speaking briefly to Executive Mansion Reporters on Monday, August 16, 2021 after touring the destroyed public health facility, asserted, “I am devastated because of the many recent tragedies happening around. Just the other day in Waterside, a fuel tanker fell and destroyed many homes and businesses.”
“The issue is not about what happened, but how we can solve the problem. In the hospital, we need to have electrical engineers and fire extinguishers to prevent these things from happening right away. A major hospital that caters to thousands of Margibians and other people not having access to fire extinguishers is saddened,” President Weah lamented. The President disclosed that effectively as of today, Tuesday August 17, 2021, a special emergency committee will be setup to discuss ways on how to speedily restore the damaged items at the hospital.
“We are trying to find solutions to the problem this is why we will go to a special emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss how we will address the issue. This is an emergency issue so we have to do our best to get it back because this hospital caters to many persons,” he, among other things, added. In another development, President Weah yesterday also visited the Omega Market to access ongoing work of additional market structures at the Omega Market in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.
Thereafter, the Liberian Chief Executive toured Waterside in Monrovia where several persons got injured, businesses and homes got burnt to ashes as a result of an accident involving a defective tanker that lost its brakes on the hill over the weekend. Owing to this heartbreaking incident, President Weah has restricted heavy duty trucks from plying areas that are hugely populated. “Trucks carrying heavy load need to ply through a mainstream Instead of areas that are hugely populated. All trucks must pass through Johnson Street to get down to Mama Point, instead of Waterside Hill and other areas in town.
There are lots of trucks that are defective and cannot climb higher hills. Hope that the citizens will accept that mandate and not to protest against it. You see lots of casualties these days. Ships that supposed to be parked, fail to be grounded because someone allowed it to go. All of these mistakes are as the results of failure to adhere to protocols. We as citizens need to be more responsible,” the Chief Executive intimated. He then pleaded with the general public to support the mandate and not to protest, urging that the mandate is for the citizens own interest.