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Liberia's struggling health system

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For every 100 children born today in Liberia, ten will be dead in five year's time.

There are a few reasons for that: money, the civil war that did so much damage and killed so many health workers, and tradition means that many people still take their children to local healers.

Bong County has one hospital with four doctors and four ambulances which serves 350,000 people.

The Today programme's John Humphrys spoke to a doctor at Phebe hospital who said that sometimes rats get into the operating theatre and eat the medicines.

He noted that even though there is a mammogram machine at the hospital, there is no one trained to use it while it sits unused.

Dr. Jefferson Sibley, director at Phebe hospital said "we don't have the capacity... there is a lot of problems at the hospital".

Tradition also plays a part because many Liberians go to the local Pentecostal church is also popular where a pastor claims that "the dead are raised to life... by the grace of God."

John asks whether the church is succeeding where the health system is failing.


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