Citizen demand accountability in Bacconnie

Community monitors in Barcconnie Township fear that development funds meant for the purchasing of equipment’s, furniture and other medical accessories for the Barcconnie community clinic has been lost to corruption thereby affecting the full functioning of the community clinic for the past 5-years and rendering over 1,500 community residence lack of access to health services. This challenge prompted community monitors in Baccornnie trained by IREDD on Community Integrity Building in June 2015 to take action by filling an official compliment to the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus following months of series of engagement with local authorities in Buchanan which produced no concrete results.

Bacconnie, is a coastal town located 5 kilometers on the west of Buchanan city, the administrative capital of Grand Bassa County. The town has an estimated population of 1,800 people. The primary source of livelihood for the town’s inhabitants are fishing and trading. There is only one public school in the town which is up to the junior high level. Beyond junior high school, pupils have to travel to Buchan city to attend senior high school. The town does not have a clinic or a first aid post. The nearest available clinic is in the city of Buchanan, and it’s about 4 hours walking distance from the town. It is against this backdrop that the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare along with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) constructed a clinic in the Bacconie community and was dedicated by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September 2011.

Prior to the dedication of the community clinic, health authorities of Grand Bassa County furnished the community clinic with all the requisite logistics, furniture and medical accessories needed to run a functional clinic. However, community residence and local officials spoken to confirmed that those medical equipment’s, furniture and accessories were all taken away after the dedication of the project in September 2011. Till date the facility has been left in ruins and there is no sign in sight for the refurbishing of the clinic or provision of needed medical equipment’s, furniture and accessories.

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