By PRO Unit-MOHS
The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie accompanied by senior staff of the Health Ministry on Tuesday June 12, 2018 made an on the spot visit to four tertiary University Teaching Hospital Complex of Connaught, Princess Christian Maternity, Ola During Children’s hospital and the Sierra Leone Psychiatric hospitals to access the facilities, know staff constraints and challenges in service delivering to the people of Sierra Leone.
The Minister was received at the University Teaching Connaught Hospital Complex by the Deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Gibrilla Fadlu Deen and senior staff and was taken to the various facilities for inspection.
Inspecting the ultra-modern laboratory supported by Public Health England, the Laboratory Superintendent, Sallieu Kamara brief the Minister and team on the operations of the various sections of the Laboratory and the challenges they face in discharge of their duties.
Visiting the Operating Theatre, the Head of Surgery Department, Dr. James Boima thanked the Minister and team for the visit and explained about major challenges in the theatre including instruments, support to patients, complex management procedure, access to the system and drugs to sustain patients.
Responding, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Wurie thanked staff of Connaught hospital for the good working relations and team work, adding that from all indications, he is impressed by the overall setting of the hospital.
He said the visit was to see what they have in the hospital, their constraints and needs, and to ensure that in six month time they will be able to address these issues for efficient and effective service delivering to the nation.
Visiting the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Dr. Alpha Wurie was received by the Service Coordinator, Dr. Alimamy Philip Koroma and team who later briefed the Minister and team about the operations of the hospital including increase in intake of patients every day, challenges with equipment and drugs as they only received drugs on a quarterly basis.
The Minister was taken on a conducted tour on the various units including the Eclampsia ward, Post-delivery ward, GeneX-pert lab created during the Ebola and the High Dependency Unit (HDU) among others.
Dr. Wurie and team also visited the Ola During Children’s Hospital and was received by the Acting Medical Superintendent, Dr. Ishatu Mustapha and senior staff of the hospital.
Briefing the Minister, Dr. Ishatu Mustapha informed the visiting team that Ola During Children’s hospital is the main referral children’s hospital under the Free Health Care facility, adding that they see 44, 000 patients per annum and spoke about the challenges in the hospital.
The Minister later visited the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Special Baby Care Unit of the Ola During Children’s Hospital, and the Anaesthetic lecture hall where training for Anaethesia across the country was on going.
Briefing the Minister, Dr. Alpha Wurie, the Specialist Psychiatric and Medical Superintendent, Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Abdul Jalloh said the Psychiatric hospital is the only Psychiatric hospital in the country and presently housed 148 patients of which 70 percent are male, adding that 80 percent of young people with mental effect are from drugs abuse such as Cannabis Sativa, Tramadol, rum and other substances.
He said since he took over as the In-Charge, there have been challenges but with support from Partners In Health (PIH) and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Chief Medical Office they are overcoming the challenges gradually.
Dr. Jalloh informed the team that they use to have challenges in water supply, hygiene, infrastructure, security and staffing equipment, but can now boast of running water, 24 hours electricity, the hospital is clean and staffs are motivated.
He stated that PIH has done extremely well for them and currently they have completed renovation of Ward one and other renovations ongoing, adding that presently medications are in country awaiting the completion of the modern pharmacy.
The Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Wurie expressed his determination to upgrade the hospital to a high height so as to make it more efficient and effective in delivering services to the nation.
He commended staff of the hospital for the efforts in promoting the hospital in spit of the numerous challenges they face.
A conducted tour of the male and female wards of the hospital climaxed the visit.