Students in the Western Area of Freetown are now faced with death risk as the main free school clinic at Lightfoot Boston Street has been shut down by the landlord for non-payment of rent for the past couple of years.
The school clinic which is renowned for administering free medical treatment to school children from all schools in Freetown and the entire country was early this month suddenly closed down by someone who identified himself as the landlord of the house.
According to Nurse Elliot, one of the medical staff of the clinic prior to the shutting down “we were constantly reminded by the said landlord that should government fail to pay accumulated rents he will close down the clinic.”
She said they have on several times notified the authorities concerned about the recent development but to no avail until when they came to work one day and discovered the main entrance to the clinic tightly closed down.
Nurse Elliot maintained that even when the clinic is closed down, they report for duty every day but stay outside the clinic hoping that the problem would be resolved.
She said they are under pressure from students, who come around for medical attention but to no avail because of the prevailing problem.
The Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Abass Kamara said he knows the school clinic has been functioning but could not tell whether it has been shut down or not.
The structure is said to be owned by a one-time Temne Tribal Headman in Freetown, commonly known as KDK but since his demise, his family members have taken over ownership.
Report say this is not the first time the clinic has been shut down for non payment of rent.
By Solomon Rogers