Liberia, Dec. 6 -- Suakoko, Bong County - Madam Catherine George, a resident of Suakoko in Bong County, recalls her distress the day she walked into Phebe hospital to learn that her 29-year-old brother had been left lying in bedsheets mucky with feces overnight.

"I came in one morning, and he'd been sitting in it all night long. He had called for help, and it just didn't come," she said.

George's story is troublingly similar to many of the over 100 callers who on Saturday participated on a live phone-in discussion on Super Bongese, a Gbarnga-based community radio, about the condition of the hospital.

Nearly a third of respondents, who included health-care workers, relatives and friends of patients, said the hospital rooms and wards wer...