Conditions and equipment at Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Ola During Children’s Hospital, at Fourah Bay Road, are deplorable. Beds are old. Equipment is sometimes non-existent. Bed linens are threadbare. Wheelchairs are dilapidated. Trays and trolleys are rusted and wasting. Nurses, doctors and patients have been complaining for years. One in eight women die during pregnancy.
On March 13th, the Ministry of Health delivered some new equipment including examination beds, wheel chairs, electrical safety analyzer, digital thermometers, patient’s trolley, bed linens, mattresses and an assortment of surgical equipment.
Acting Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Ronald Thomas, stated that the equipment and medical supplies is to intensify effective and efficient obstetrics, gynecology and newborn services at both hospitals.
Senior Gynecologist and Hospital Manager, Dr. Alimamy Koroma, explained that though much has been done in the free health care initiative, more needs to be done in the fight against maternal, child and new born mortality.
He described the arrival of the medical items as very timely to help address part of the major challenges.
Dr. Koroma noted that with more equipment and medical supplies provided, staff will be able to sail smoothly, to carry out their functions and duties in a conducive work environment.
Matron Fatmata Kargbo said the items provided will boost the free health care initiative in the two hospitals.
By Ade Campbell
Friday March 17, 2017.