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Kenema Government Hospital Is A Death Trap in Sierra Leone
By Aruna Turay
Oct 22, 2008, 17:15
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Reports filtering in have intimated that the Kenema Government hospital is in dire need of government intervention in order to save the lives of several patients presently hospitalized in the hospital and other residents who stand the risk of imminent health hazards in the district.

An investigation tour by this reporter reveals that the hospital is operating under poor conditions that do not befit the operations of a health center, especially a government owned. 

It was also discovered that the hospital is in dire need of trained and qualified medical doctors, particularly in the gynecology and pediatric specialization.

Investigations further unearthed that the hospital is at present suffering from lack of a specialists in the gynecology department since the then specialist, Dr. Alimamy P. Koroma was transferred to Bo with no replacement.

This situation has resulted in pregnant women and other patients being forced to seek medical attention in Chinese Clinics and consultations of the services of traditional birth attendants.

Most people this reporter interviewed in the township expressed grave concern over the present situation of the Kenema Government Hospital which they say has gradually deteriorated to a real death trap.

Residents also say patients had to abandon their hospital beds were they are admitted to seek further private medical attention as the hospital lacks the capability to handle cases of serious medical concerns. She says patients go out themselves in search of water as the hospital is suffering from acute water shortage.

“There is no electricity supply, the toilet facilities are poor and not to even talk of doctors and nurses, that is even worse,” she said.

She also disclosed that the past government used to contract a cleaning firm to undertake the sanitation of the hospital, adding that the APC led government had since stop paying this firm, thus the filthiness of the hospital.

Speaking with the District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Yankuba M. Bah, he refuted allegations that the hospital has no qualified medical doctor, even though he confirmed that it is in dire need of rehabilitation and employment of more trained and qualified staff, including po
tters, nurses, cleaners and securities.

“The hospital presently has six qualified medical doctors who are at the helm of affairs,” he said, adding: “the government has recently supplied medicines to the hospital.”

He says the management committee of the hospital has held several meetings in order to find solutions to the challenges facing the hospital, adding that the committee has already presented recommendations to the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Soccoh Kabia.

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