By Kadrie Koroma
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Princess Christian Maternity Teaching Hospital (PCMH) with support from Doctors with Africa (CUAMM) has held its 2017 Annual Health Review Meeting on Wednesday 11 days ago at the John James Complex, Jenner Wright Road in Freetown.
The Annual Health Review Meeting was conducted to share the data on activities of the hospital during the period 2017, and to engage key stakeholders in the effort to reduce maternal mortality in Sierra Leone.
Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Edward Ejiro Emuveyan said the PCMH is a tertiary referral hospital for Obstetric and Gynecological cases. It was established in 1925 by the Anglican Diocese of West Africa originally as a cottage hospital, and later was handed over to the government of Sierra Leone.
Dr. Emuveyan informed that with such a modest beginning, it is evident that the hospital today has the capacity to deliver well over 5,000 women every year. He said at present, they have three lecturers from COHMAS who are Honorary Consultants to the hospital and two Consultants from the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital.
He reiterated that there has been over the period an increase in all activities in the PCM Hospital in 2017 when compared to 2016. He thanked CUAMM their Italian colleagues for the support given to them in the day to day activities in the hospital.
Speaking on behalf of the Hospital Service Coordinator, Dr. Alimamy Philip Koroma, the Specialist Anesthetist, Dr. Michael Koroma said the development of the 2017 annual review of the PCMH, the main referral and teaching hospital complex has been successfully done, and expressed thanks to all those who served in the team to develop this important document.
He mentioned the high level cooperation and collaboration of their partner in development, CUAMM, stating that their efforts were geared towards the objectiveness in developing a thorough and useful document for the hospital. He said he hopes the very spirit of cooperation will continue to flourish from strength to strength.
CUAMM Director, Dr. Dante Carraro said Doctors with Africa is pleased to be part of the process of transforming the PCMH into a teaching hospital, and therefore, CUAMM would like to take the chance to reinforce their commitment to work with the Health Ministry.
He told the gathering that with team work, collaboration and dedication they would be able to overcome the challenges in reducing maternal mortality in the hospital and expressed gratitude to the staff of the hospital.
WHO Lead, Reproductive and Maternal Health doctor, Dr. Fatu Forna commended the doctors, nurses and staff of the PCM hospital more especially CUAMM for their support to the hospital despite challenges in the area of maternal and child mortality rate in Sierra Leone.