Forty-one MCH AIDS nurses have started training at the government hospital in Kenema city. Speaking at the opening ceremony Chairman Dr Yankuba Bah who is also the District Medical Officer (DMO) described the day as historic for the participants, pointing out that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation needs staff to serve their communities.
Dr. Bah encouraged the trainees to take their jobs seriously adding that nursing is not an easy course and that they are not going to be recognized until they pass their induction exams, which will take place in three months time.
He called on them to change their attitudes as they are dealing with lives noting that there is no guessing in the nursing field.
The Medical Superintendent in the government hospital Dr. Philip Alimamy Koroma called on the trainees not to let money be there priority but to save lives saying that their aim is to achieve the millennium development goals by 2015.
Dr. Senesie Mansaray in his statement told the trainees about the millennium development goals indices, which he stated are geared towards reducing maternal mortality rate by 2015. Dr. Mansaray described nursing as a noble profession, which deals with either to save life or to lose life. He pointed out that nurses are the front line workers between the district health center and the community where they find themselves.The chief administrator of the Kenema District Council Charlie Kallon who deputized the hospital board Chairman Patrick Sarmu maintained that the primary objective of nurses is to treat patients adding that the responsibility of the council is to under take development in the district.Contributions were made by the District Health sister, Hawa Daramy, the matron Mrs. Alice Stevens, the coordinator of the training Mrs. Mbalu Fonie while a trainee Janet Swaray gave the vote of thanks.