River Gee County Representative Johnson T. Chea says the county health system has received a major boost with the arrival of three medical doctors for immediate deployment.
According to the lawmaker, the arrival of the three new surgeons remains the biggest investment in the County health sector since its split from Grand Gedeh County in May 2000. The lawmaker mentioned, “16 years now after receiving approval from the House of Representatives in May 1997 and Senate approval in March 2000, River Gee County has for the first time received three medical doctors in the county”. He indicated that the three medical doctors comprised of two Liberians and one Nigerian surgeon. “River Gee is very blessed because it has never had three medical doctors. We have only had one medical doctor repeatedly since the creation of the county. It is a boost because the referral system will be strengthened,” he said. Representative Chea observed: “it is also with great jubilation that four major United Nations organizations are implementing health projects in the county in collaboration with the County Health Team (CHT) aimed at reducing maternal and child mortalities”. He named those UN organizations as World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women. “They are focusing on marginalized areas where services are not quite encouraging. River Gee is now among counties with better health system,” he said. Liberian Institute of Statistics and Geo Information Services LIGIS 2008 Census puts the county population at 66,789, making it the third least populous county in Liberia.