Update: New Incinerator

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Waste has been an ongoing challenge for us.  With our own resources, we were able to only construct crude, temporary ground based waste disposal pits.  These pits are not environmentally friendly nor are they consistent with national and international sanitation standards.  But, it was the best we could do.

In recent years, local organizations like Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) and Mr. Siegfried Ziegler, the Rotary Clubs in Chemnitz Germany and Bethanien Chemintz stepped in to strengthen our efforts by providing funding to improve our waste disposal system.   We need these improved methods  to accommodate the volume of waste produced on a daily basis in our struggle to provide health care in a resource poor setting among a rapidly increasing population.   The provision of an electric incinerator from our German partners assures us that together, with the help and support of partners, resource challenged facilities like Ganta Hospital CAN meet international safety and sanitation standards!

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Post Ebola Recovery Efforts Continues…

ebola screenerThe Ebola crisis taught us many lessons.  One of the lessons was to effectively direct and monitor the major access points to our health care facilities.

After the Ebola crisis, the national healthcare system therefore identified a need to screen everyone entering the hospital.   The Ministry of Health sent out a nationwide mandate to create screening points at the major entrance total fencing of each healthcare facility.

Fencing directs everyone to access the hospital through its main entrance. Through this entrance, all who enter the hospital (patients, staff, visitors) are screened.  There is a medical worker who is trained to screen for specific symptoms.  If there are questions about the person’s health status during screening-perhaps the person has an extremely high fever or some other symptom that mirrors Ebola or other virulent diseases-the person is sent to an isolation area where they can be further tested.

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This structure was constructed by CHAL

In Partnership with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

Funded by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Newsletter: 2015 Financial Report

January 8, 2016

Dear Ministry Partners,

Warmest greetings and best wishes from the administrative team and staff of the Ganta Hospital family. We are genuinely pleased to give account of our stewardship at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital and to present our plans for 2016.  The year under review began with series of administrative transitions coupled with the burdens of repositioning the hospital within the post Ebola restoration plans and the hospital’s own inherited challenges.  We thank God Almighty for giving us strength and wisdom to be able to report the progress made thus far. While remaining committed to the ongoing renovation, service improvement and restoration works, our focus for 2016 is to promote and improve customer service at the hospital under the theme- “Compassionate Caregiving”.  With this plan, we are partnering with the Faith and Deeds Ministry to provide a wonderful, compassionate, Christ-centered Customer Service Training for our staff.

 

Emmanuel’s Story

My name is Emmanuel Kpon Saye, a registered Nurse. I was hired in September 2015 and I am honored to serve as Supervisor of the Diabetes Clinic of Ganta United Methodist Hospital. During the Ebola Crisis, our diabetes services were very limited.  We had to shut down our education, counseling, and follow-up services.  This situation caused many of our patients to develop complications.  My first day on job, I received 5 diabetes emergencies with all of them (patients) in diabetes ketone acidosis (DKA). Before admitting these five, we already had three (3) patients admitted with this same condition.

There are lots of myths about diabetes in Liberia. One myth is that diabetes is contagious.  Another is shrouded in superstition with the belief that diabetes is a curse on the individual.   Education about diabetes is important because many aren’t aware that it is a manageable illness.  We have resumes our daily counseling sessions, screening, and vigorous diabetes health education both in the clinic and during weekly chapel teaching time. We also invite patients’ relatives and primary care givers for clinic health awareness.

Mr. Louis Wehyee is one of my patients.  Afraid of “catching diabetes”, his wife left their home when he was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2015.  At his request, I invited Mrs. Wehyee to listen in on our health talks and take part in our awareness sessions at the clinic.  Gradually she began to understand diabetes and she returned home to her husband and children.  I felt very fulfilled and humbled!  What came to my mind is that compassionate care brings holistic fulfillment to the healthcare giver and the patients being served.

Services Provided:

The following treatment areas/services are provided: Out Patient/Ambulatory Care Clinic, Dental Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, HIV/Aids Clinic, Mental Health Services, Community-Based Primary Health Care, Orthopedic Clinic, Surgical Services, X-ray and Ultrasonography services, Emergency/ Triage, Laboratory, Prenatal Clinic, Labor and Delivery and In-patient Wards.

Progress / Achievements, 2015:

  • Salary arears inherited from 2014 for 2 months were paid. Salary payment is current as of December, 2015;
  • Revamped the sanitary condition and general facelift of the hospital. IPC (Infection Prevention and Control) assessment teams from Ministry of Health and other organizations/agencies graded us in poor IPC compliance during the first half of 2015.  Revisits of the various IPC teams gave us very favorable marks;
  • The renovation work on the physical structures of the hospital is very improved. We have replaced the window screens, patched roof leakages, painted most of the walls, retiled most of the ward floors, renovated the bathrooms and created some bathrooms where they were non-existent, repaired and/or replaced ceiling tiles, and improved the deplorable plumbing conditions;
  • Improved fiscal and material management by hiring an experienced Chief Accountant in November 2015. The Chief Accountant is effectively implementing a Board approved fiscal management plan;
  • Drug Revolving Fund Scheme established and functioning well, thanks to Imagine No Malaria grant funding;
  • We are in compliance with our 2015 Operational Plan and have begun work on our 2016 Operational Plan;
  • Our staff redundancy plan is on course, we were able to lay off 12 of the 35 staff in August. Total follow through with this plan is dependent upon fund availability to pay the targeted staff their redundancy benefits;
  • We are in the ongoing process of identifying cost effective ways to cut costs in the face of limited budget. To this, we are utilizing our land resources by identifying trees that can be sawed into lumber to make furniture.
  • We are in the process of renovating and expanding our Record Room to enable electronic record keeping;
  • We created a website (gantahospital.com);
  • We have decreased our outstanding debt burden (accumulated prior to 2015) by $18,500.00 USD;
  • Imagine No Malaria funds helped us achieve our goal of establishing a Drug Revolving Fund and upgrade our laboratory diagnostic capabilities;
  • Christian Dental College supported our dental services by sending a dental surgeon;
  • We have strengthened our internal and external partnership support connections.

 

Partners contributions:

All these achievements outlined above could not have been possible without the support of our partners:

Local Partners:

  • Gompa District Churches provided local food items throughout the year to the hospital to feed our patients;
  • Nimba County Administration donated $20,000.00USD from the County Social Development Fund to help with our renovation efforts. This was used to expand our Record Room;
  • Ministry of Health (MOH) supported with post-Ebola restoration fund ($300,000.00 USD), 1 ambulance, and 1 standby generator. Through its County Health office, MOH provides support for training, vaccines, HIV Aids supplies; and malaria medicines/supplies;
  • The Government of Liberia (through pronouncement from the Law Makers) allotted $250,000.00 USD as subsidy to the hospital for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year;
  • District #1 Representative, Hon. Jeremiah Kpain Khong, personally donated a used ambulance to the hospital
  • The Chief Justice of Liberia, Hon. Francis Korkpor, continues to provide 100 gallons of diesel fuel monthly. This is a blessing because our fuel consumption is so huge such that our operational fund cannot absorb all;
  • Christian Health Assoc. of Liberia (CHAL) contributed cash, training support, commitment to construct a fence, construction of a permanent triage and incinerator, renovation of post-partum unit, and drugs contributions ;
  • International Medical Corps (IMC) provided training for our midwives and essential medicines and equipment;
  • Africare provided financial support for our community based primary healthcare program;
  • Project Concern International (PCI) provided materials and labor to paint and sanitize our Eye Center and electrical wiring to extend our electrical access throughout our compound;
  • Plan Liberia provided mattresses for our hospital beds;
  • Faith and Deeds Ministry provided Customer Service assessment and support with the goal of conducting intensive customer service training in 2016.

External Partners:

We are humbled by our church’s mandate to provide Christ-centered, quality (but affordable) health care for a population of over 450,000.  As a not-for-profit organization, Ganta Hospital cannot afford to solely rely on the local intake that are not regular.  Further, the hospital’s “affordable” fee-for-service falls far below the costs of services provided.  Even with the minimum charges, some of the struggling rural subsistence farming families cannot afford to pay the full amount. Therefore, the management is mostly left with no alternative but to waive those fees. This situation requires that the hospital seek external supports to mitigate this gap in revenue generation while also realizing management must be creative in identifying self-sustaining services in the hospital to minimize reliance on outside supports. We are therefore pleased to report that contributions (of funds, supplies, equipment, etc.) from our partners helped keep the hospital stable and fully operational for the reporting period:

  • Global Health/Imagine No Malaria
  • General Board of Global Ministries Advance Special and all local churches and individuals supporting our Advance Special (#15080N)
  • East Ohio Conference
  • North Carolina Conference
  • Illinois Great River Conference
  • Rocky Mountain Conference
  • Stop Hunger Now
  • Curamericas Global
  • Germany and other European Partners (led by Mr. Siegfried Ziegler)
  • Virginia Conference
  • Baltimore Washington Conference
  • Indiana Conference/Operation Classroom
  • Detroit Conference
  • World Diabetes Foundation
  • Life For A Child (diabetes treatment support)
  • Christian Dental College- Ludihana
  • Plan International

Sustainability strategies for 2016:

  • Strengthen our fiscal and material management protocols;
  • Strengthen our pharmacy management through the ongoing improvement of our Drug Revolving Fund Scheme;
  • Upgrading our diagnostic capabilities in the laboratory and radiology departments;
  • Recruiting an experienced OB/GYN specialist to head the Maternal and Child Health Unit;
  • Continuing our building improvement (renovation and grounds).

 

Challenges/Opportunities to support us:

  • The systemic deplorable plumbing condition of the hospital requires urgent attention. The 1926 plumbing has outlived its usefulness and needs present-day plumbing materials. Even though we have improved the bathrooms by replacing fixtures, tiling and flooring, most of the departments and bathrooms are still without water running through the sinks and commodes;
  • The hospital has 8 separate buildings, some of which still maintain the roofing done in 1945. Every year we do patching repairs on the roofs and replace the ceiling tiles damaged by the leakages. This approach is not cost effective. With the pending rainy season (April through October), replacing the clay tile roofs has become urgent and necessary;
  • There is a need for a volunteer bio-medical engineer to come and repair our malfunctioning bio medical equipment and install other donated equipment that we have not been able to get a technician to do. A staff person will work alongside the volunteer so he/she can learn how to maintain the repairs/installations;
  • To support our ongoing electronic reporting and tracking systems, there is need for a volunteer IT specialist to come and help us establish maintenance protocols for our computerized equipment;
  • Our outstanding debt burden ($233,000.00 USD) accumulated prior to 2015 is an ongoing concern.

                                                            

 2015  Statistics

Data Description Grand Total
Out Patient Department 25933
Total Inpatient Admissions 4532
Total Births (# of babies delivered) 1225
General Surgeries 1389
Total Orthopedic Cases 1563
Dental Services 820
X-Ray Examinations 659
HIV Test done 1665
HIV Test Positive 61
Total persons that accessed the laboratory 19273
Total seen in Diabetes Clinic 843
Total malaria cases treated 5998
Total deaths 204
Total catchment communities 96
Total patients from Guinea 268
Total patients from Ivory Coast 1

  

2015 Financial Overview (Stated in USD)

Month Beginning Balance Registration& Admission Pharmacy(Drugs) General Surgery Laborartory Other Income *External Fund Total Income Total Expenses Variance
Jan-15   14,815.02            2,564.38       8,716.19      15,152.04         1,148.69       2,027.38     59,981.11       104,404.81         57,223.33          47,181.48
Feb-15                –            2,553.13       7,205.81      11,706.17         1,111.25       2,912.78     60,718.75         86,207.89         88,313.75          (2,105.86)
Mar-15                –            2,549.38       8,856.94      10,648.48         1,297.63       2,955.27   155,262.88       181,570.58       111,076.96          70,493.62
Apr-15                –            2,553.13     10,148.50      14,289.54         1,427.13       2,899.00       8,000.00         39,317.30         99,487.85        (60,170.55)
May-15                –            2,541.88     13,425.31      14,317.06         1,936.31       3,192.01     23,627.60         59,040.17         57,268.95            1,771.22
Jun-15                –            2,534.38     14,487.38      12,094.73         1,793.88       3,230.82   173,653.75       207,794.94         82,040.56        125,754.38
Jul-15                –            2,518.72     11,903.94      21,719.97         1,540.47       3,309.49     68,488.00       109,480.58       122,802.73        (13,322.14)
Aug-15                –            2,732.84     12,118.47      12,483.64         1,566.06       3,080.49       5,673.20         37,654.69         80,743.36        (43,088.67)
Sep-15                –            3,131.13     13,201.19      15,730.50         1,736.88       3,677.13     22,399.00         59,875.81         64,110.44          (4,234.63)
Oct-15                –            2,835.40     11,598.64      11,886.48         1,704.49       2,622.95     20,000.00         50,647.96         80,024.36        (29,376.40)
Nov-15                –            2,596.77       7,686.08      12,343.33         1,061.70       1,322.90     29,047.00         54,057.78         77,989.79        (23,932.01)
Dec-15                –            2,805.86     11,143.24      10,062.99         1,515.63       2,395.00     42,206.00         70,128.71         68,138.10  

1,990.62

Total   14,815.02          31,916.99  

  130,491.68

   162,434.93       17,840.11     33,625.21   669,057.29    1,060,181.23       989,220.17          **70,961.05

 

NOTES:  *  Includes a one-time Ministry of Health (government) grant of $300,000.00 USD

               **  Balance carried forward to 2016: USD $70,961.05  (36% is general funds and 64% is designated funds)

 

SUPPORT OUR WORK

 

We invite you to support our Ganta Hospital Advance Special #15080N. 

Please consider coming as a volunteer and share your presence and expertise which strengthens our health care delivery. We love hosting you and building long lasting relationships.  We are thankful to all our partners and to our dear Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, our UMC leadership staff, and our UMC Health Board leadership for all the support and guidance. Together, our mission can be fulfilled.  Please keep us in prayers and may the good Lord bless and guide all of us!!

 

Sincerely,

Patrick M. Mantor

pmantorm@gmail.com

Advance Number 15080N  (www.umcmissio

East Ohio Conference donates to the Caretaker Facility

Ephraim Yangean , President of Ganta Hospital Workers Association, discusses a new project undertaken by the hospital workers.  They are constructing a caretaker center for patients’ family members who escort their sick relatives to the hospital but have have nowhere to stay.  East Ohio Conference is assisting with the project.

 

Mr. Yangean standing infront of cement blocks made to complete the caretaker's facility

Mr. Yangean standing infront of cement blocks made to complete the caretaker’s facility

Mr. Mantor and Mr. Yangean standing infront of the facility.

Mr. Mantor and Mr. Yangean standing infront of the facility.

 

Newsletter-Patrick Mantor

Dear Partners and Friends in Ministry,

I bring you heartfelt greetings from the Ganta Hospital family located in Ganta, Liberia, serving a population of more than 450,000.  We are very excited to update you about the work that is occuring here with the support of our various stakeholders and partners.  We celebrate and embrace our Christ-driven mandate to provide affordable, quality healthcare.  Our communities of subsistence farming families deserve the best. The hospital service fees are set at an “affordable” rate.  We cannot charge realistic fees to a public struggling to support their basic needs: food, shelter, and clothing.   Funding resources are limited in comparison to realistic operating budget.  We must seek creative and diversified ways to ensure services we provide can be sustained…..and this must begin at home!  We are very happy to share about our local partnerships and the creative and resourceful cost saving measures we  are using:

  • Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) provides support for our triage construction, waste disposal system, in-service trainings, provision of drugs and medical supplies and fencing our hospital compound;
  • The Liberian Government, through its Ministry of Health, provides the following supports:  annual subsidy, ambulances (one dontated by government and another by Representative Jeremiah Koung),

 

125kg  generator, personnel- pharmacist and two part time doctors, in-service training, drugs and medical supplies;

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Ambulances donated and dedication service

  • Nimba County 2015 Social Development Funds allocation provides for renovating and expanding our record room;
  • International Medical Corps (IMC) provides training for our midwives;
  • Africare provides financial support for our community based primary healthcare program;
  • Project Concern International (PCI) provided materials and labor to paint and sanitize our Eye Center and electrical wiring to extend our electrical access throughout our compound;
  • Plan Liberia provided mattresses for our hospital beds;
  • Gompa District United Methodist Women, through our local churches, provide local food for patients’ feeding;
  • We are utilizing our land resources by identifying trees that can be sawed into lumber to make furniture. We purchased a chain saw and are making furniture for our out patient clinic and other waiting areas;

 

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  • Side piecees from the sawing is used to make charcoal for our daily cooking needs;
  • Our United Methodist Church, through its Board of Health, provides adequate administrative oversight and holds us accountable to comply with fiscal and material management protocols;
  • We are identifying and gradually improving self-sustaining services such as: drug revolving fund system, improving lab and x-ray services, OB/GYN services (maternal and child health), etc.

UPDATES

  • During a recent meeting, our Board of Health informed us “The general sanitation and face-lift of the hospital has dramatically improved”. We thank God!
  • General renovation work is ongoing. Physical structure and grounds of the hospital improved.
  • Drug Revolving Fund Scheme established and functioning well.
  • We are in compliance with our 2015 Operation Plan.
  • We recently received supplies and equipment from North Carolina Conference, Stop Hunger Now and our partners in Europe (Germany and Switzerland). These donations will help subsidize our operational budget and provide us with equipment and medical supplies in support of our efforts to provide quality health care.
  • Global Health’s Imagine No Malaria support: provided a new pickup truck to enhance our outreach and local partner engagement efforts (we only had one aging pickup); 2. Provided funds to “jump start” our Drug Revolving Fund Scheme; 3.  Provided laboratory reagents, supplies and equipment to strengthen our ability to diagnose malaria as well as other illnesses; 4.  Provided training opportunities and nets for pregnant mothers and children under five.
  • Global Ministries’ Advance Special and other partnership organizations strengthens our ability to honor and realize our vision:  To be the clear first choice for health care by offering targeted programs and services at affordable costs to improve the lives of those we serve in our catchment communities and beyond.

 

STATISTICS

# Data Description Jan-Sept 2015 Total
1. Out Patient Clinic visits (including Eye Clinic) 19601
2. Total in-patient bed admission 3422
4. Total births (babies delivered) 816
5. Surgeries 1069
6. Dental services 589
7. Orthopedic services 1212
8. X-ray examination 488
9 HIV tests done 1226
10 HIV test positive 37
11 Total persons that accessed  lab 12621
12 Diabetes clinic 300
13 Total villages reached by Primary Health Care Team 34
14 Total deaths 141

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT US

  1. Pray with us.
  2. Come as a short or long term volunteer in the following areas:
  • general surgeons and OB/GYN specialists;
  • engineers or technicians in areas such as plumbing, electricity, and general construction;
  • specialized nurses in the areas of diabetes, ER, and OR;
  • computer hardware and software technicians;
  • medical equipment technicians.

 

  1. Support our Global Ministries Advance Special Ganta United Methodist Hospital Advance #15080N:
  • Use Global Ministries’ website: umcmission.org to electronically send a donation for our project support, Ganta Hospital Advance Special #15080N and/or Dr. Albert Willicor’s salary support (#15151Z).
  • You may also mail a check to your local United Methodist Church or conference office; or directly to Global Ministries. Write “Ganta Hospital Advance #15080N” on the memo line of your check and mail to: Advance GCFA

     P.O. Box 9068

           New York, NY 10087-9068. 

 

I look forward to hear from you.  Thanks always for reaching out with words of support and encouragement, financial gifts and material donations.  I am thankful for all our partners and to our dear Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, our UMC officials and staff, and our UMC Health Board leadership for all the support and confidence rendered me. Together, our mission can be fulfilled.  May the good Lord bless all of you!!

 

Sincerely,

Patrick M. Mantor

Advance Number 15080N

pmantorm@gmail.com

 

Newsletter-Patrick Mantor September Update

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A little over a week ago, we received an ocean freight container comprising very essential hospital equipment and supplies from our partners in Germany.  One of the most critically needed items was the incinerator.   Waste disposal has been an ongoing challenge for us.  With our own resources, we were able to only construct crude, temporary ground based waste disposal pits.  These pits are not environmentally friendly nor are they consistent with national and international sanitation standards.  But, it was the best we could do.

In recent years, local organizations like Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) and the government of Liberia through its Ministry of Health stepped in to strengthen our efforts by providing funding to improve our waste disposal system.  However, even these improved methods aren’t sufficient to accommodate the volume of waste produced on a daily basis in our struggle to provide health care in a resource poor setting among a rapidly increasing population.  Given our financial constraints, we found ourselves again using crude, temporary measures by creating additional ground dug pits. The provision of the modern incinerator from our German partners assures us that together, with the help and support of partners, resource challenged facilities like Ganta Hospital can meet international safety and sanitation standards!

      We have a moral and ethical mandate to provide Christ-centered, quality (but affordable) health care for a population of over 450,000; mostly consisting of subsistence farming families in rural, northeastern Liberia and along the borders of Guinea and Ivory Coast.  We are a regional referral hospital.  Access to health care in Liberia is challenged by poverty, poor or non-existent roads, low levels of literacy, and dramatically insufficient numbers of health facilities to meet the needs of a growing population.  Discerning creative and resourceful methods to address ongoing healthcare needs in a resource challenged setting can be stressful and daunting.  Our strength is this:  We know our efforts are guided by Christ and with the prayers of the faithful, and support from all our partners, we will humbly fulfill our mandate.  We believe this.

During the past four months, we have focused on improving the overall sanitation and safety in our hospital buildings and campus.  We want people who access our hospital services to experience our compassionate care in a safe and sanitary environment. Our recent efforts have involved provision of effective waste disposal sites, physical plant improvements such as re-screening all windows, provision of screen doors, roof repairs, painting strategic parts of the hospital, repairs and renovations of bathrooms, masonry repairs, replacement of rotted wood and timbers, removal of excessive foliage on hospital grounds to prevent conditions conducive for breeding mosquitoes (to control malaria).   Also, we trained our janitors and general staff on infection control and prevention methods.   Creating a safe work environment is our primary goal in improving our service delivery.  The ripple effect is a beautiful face-lift to the hospital which restores confidence among our public, thus encouraging greater client access.  We heavily rely upon fee-for-service to operate the hospital.

With our own resources, coupled with local and external partners support, we will do all we can towards achievement of our goal for renovation and sanitation improvement.  We still have a ways to go.   Our most prioritized needs now are to replace ceramic floor tiles on our various wards and modernize our Labor and Delivery Ward to prevent cross infections among our new born and their mothers.

We invite you to support our efforts with your prayers, notes of encouragement, material and supplies contributions, volunteering and financial support.   Please support our Ganta Hospital Advance Special #15080N.  Consider coming as a volunteer and share your presence and expertise. You may use Global Ministries’ website: www.umcmission.org  to electronically send a donation for our project support- Ganta Hospital Advance Special #15080N. You may also mail a check directly to Global Ministries.  Write “Ganta Hospital Advance #15080N” on the memo line of your check and mail to:

Advance GCFA ; P.O. Box 9068 ; New York, NY 10087-9068. 

Thank you so much!  A comprehensive newsletter covering the current quarter (July-Sept) will be sent in October.

 

Humbly yours,

Patrick Mantor, Administrator, (pmantorm@gmail.com

Ganta United Methodist Hospital

Newsletter-Patrick Mantor: New Hospital Administrator

 

 

June 8, 2015

Dear Partners and Friends,

 

Greetings from Ganta United Methodist Hospital family in Ganta, Liberia, West Africa where we are very happy to be Ebola free!  Thank you for your prayers and support to the ministry during the dark days of Ebola and even until now.

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MEET THE NEW ADMINISTRATOR

My name is Patrick Mangbenie Mantor and I am humbled to be the Administrator of Ganta United Methodist Hospital since May 4, 2015.  The previous Interim Administrator, Mrs. Nora Keah-Sandi, is our Associate Administrator.  I am happy to have Nora on my team.

 

Ganta Hospital is not new to me.  My basic nursing education was at the Winifred J. Harley School of Nursing (located at Ganta Mission).  Since then, I’ve served in many roles ranging from Floor Nurse to Nursing Services Director, Associate Administrator and now, Administrator.  Moreover, I have the experience of working as a nurse clinician/charge nurse for many years in hospitals in North Carolina and Georgia, USA. My undergraduate nursing education was at Cuttington University in Liberia and my graduate education was in health services administration at the University of Indianapolis in Indiana, USA.   Over the years I’ve felt called to serve Ganta Hospital.  These combined experiences have prepared me for my current leadership role.  I am committed to be a good steward of the resources placed in my care.  Along with my administrative team, we join our staff in sharing our excitement for this opportunity to utilize our collective God-given talents/gifts to provide quality, but affordable healthcare.

 

EBOLA FREE LIBERIA

Now that we have been declared Ebola free, a national day of celebration is slated for June 22.  All health facilities and other organizations that were involved in the fight against Ebola have been listed to be honored.  Ganta Hospital will be honored on that day and, in our hearts, you will also be honored because of your support that enabled us remain open to the public and to play a vital leadership role with Ebola response in our region.

 

              The Ebola recovery plans we have for Ganta Hospital are:

  • Improving general sanitation by using the national Infection Prevention and Control ( IPC) standard.
  • Expanding and developing community-based health services
  • Refurbishing the physical structure to include: re-roofing, interior and exterior painting, plumbing system, and general floor and wood work.
  • Identifying and gradually putting in self-sustaining services such as: drug revolving fund system, improving lab and x-ray services, OB/GYN services (maternal and child health), etc.

 

GENERAL HOSPITAL SERVICES

Ours is one of only three hospitals in Nimba County, serving a population of about 600,000, including villages along the Liberia/Guinea/Ivory Coast borders.   We are a major referral center with over ninety years of experience.

We are located in a growing commercial city of Ganta, with a population of 50,000.

The following treatment areas/services are provided: Out Patient/Ambulatory Care Clinic, Dental Clinic, Eye Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, HIV/Aids Clinic, Community-Based Primary Health Care, Orthopedic Clinic, Surgical Services, X-ray and Ultrasonography services, Emergency/ Triage, Laboratory, Prenatal Clinic, Labor and Delivery and In-patient Wards.

 

STORIES FROM OUR STAFF

Comfort’s Story

My name is Comfort Somah, a registered nurse.  When I was a young girl, I was sick and admitted to a hospital for three months.  One of the doctors, Dr. Lydia, cared for me and we became friends.  She impressed me as someone who cared deeply for the welfare of patients under her care. After I was discharged from the hospital, I had frequent dreams where I saw myself as a medical doctor working in a health facility.  My parents encouraged my dream and pledged to support me.  As soon as I graduated from high school at age 17, as I anticipated entering college, there came the civil crisis that killed my dreams and my joy.  My parents lost their jobs.  Schools closed. I sat for nine years with no education awaiting this trouble to be over.

On April 25, 2004, my uncle who lived in America came for a visit.  He agreed to sponsor me in college and I happily opted to study nursing.  I felt I could provide the bedside care and nurture that gave me hope just as I experienced when I was sick.  He agreed to sponsor me in college and I entered the Cuttington University in 2005, as a nursing student.  Today, I am happy to be part of the Ganta Hospital family where I serve as Acting Nursing Services Director and Diabetes Clinic Supervisor.  My duties keep me busy but I am thankful to God for good health and strength to do my work.  Please pray along with me for resources to strengthen the Diabetes Clinic to fulfill the needs of the diabetes patients.

 

Sundeep’s Story

My name is Dr. Sundeep Franklin.  I am a native of India and serving as a dentist at Ganta Hospital. Ganta United

Methodist Mission Hospital is a constant reminder for me of God’s presence on earth. The hospital, more specifically the Dental Department and the Dental Therapist Program, has been my motivation to come back again after Ebola crisis in Ganta, Liberia. Being a Christian, the question “Why am I here in Liberia” strikes me as it does every believer serving in different parts of the world. The answers to this question came and knocked at the door of Ganta Hospital Dental Clinic once again in the form of a patient called Kou Dolo. Kou came to the dental clinic along with her 2-month old baby. Kou was 5 month pregnancy when she presented to the ER with a respiratory arrest, due to what I diagnosed as Ludwig’s Agina to her lower 3rd molar. Emergency space drainage was done for her at our dental clinic with supportive IV medication; along with extraction of the offending tooth and aggressive oral physiotherapy as an attempt to reopen her mouth. She was admitted and discharged after 20 days in a healthy condition.  Today, when I took her baby in my arms, it came to mind again that this angel wouldn’t be here if Ganta Hospital Dental Clinic was not established to do treatment for Kou Dolo. Ganta Hospital Dental Clinic stands firm and ever ready to provide quality dental care and service to all patients – Kou Dolo and all others in Liberia and the bordering countries that need our help. As a believer, I thank God every day for bringing me here and being his vessel to serve the people in Liberia.

 

OUR MISSIONARY

Dr.Albert G. Willicor (albertwillicor@yahoo.com), Advance # 15151Z, is a Global Ministries missionary assigned as Chief Medical Officer for Ganta Hospital.  Affectionately called “Doc”, he is one of the success pillars of Ganta Hospital.

 

OUR RESULTS

It is both humbling and encouraging to experience God’s goodness and faithfulness as we respond to the health care needs of subsistence farming families. Quality, but affordable, health care in resource challenged facilities such as ours is only possible through faithful partners who pray for us and provide materials, supplies, resources, site-visits, and funds.  Below is a summary of our services from January through May, 2015:

                              Data Summaries from Jan-May 2015

# Data Description 2015 Total
1. Out Patient Clinic visits (including Eye clinic) 10676
2. Total in-patient bed admission 1825
4. Total births (babies delivered) 442
5. Surgeries 593
6. Dental services 364
7. Orthopedic services 529
8. X-ray examination 218
9 HIV tests done 550
10 HIV test positive 20
11 Total persons that accessed  lab 7273
12 Diabetes clinic 201

 

SUPPORT OUR WORK

We invite you to support our Ganta Hospital Advance Special #15080N.

Please consider coming as a volunteer and share your presence and expertise which strengthen our health care delivery. We love hosting you and building long lasting relationships.

 

  1. Use Global Ministries’ website: www.umcmission.org  to electronically send a donation for our project support, Ganta Hospital Advance Special #15080N and/or Dr. Albert Willicor’s salary support (#15151Z).
  2. You may also mail a check to your local United Methodist Church or conference office; or directly to Global Ministries.  Write “Albert Willicor, Advance # 15151Z”  or “Ganta Hospital Advance #15080N” on the memo line of your check and mail to:

Advance GCFA

P.O. Box 9068

New York, NY 10087-9068. 

 

I look forward to hear from you.  Thanks always for reaching out with words of support and encouragement, financial gifts and material donations.  I am thankful for all our partners and to our dear Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, our UMC leadership staff, and our UMC Health Board leadership for all the support and confidence rendered me. Together, our mission can be fulfilled.  May the good Lord bless all of you!!