At long last active staff and patients of the principal referral hospital Connaught Hospital breath a sigh of relief as they now benefit from government’s intervention in providing an underground water tank with a capacity of over 20,000 gallons through the Ministry of Energy and Power.
The Connaught hospital Manager Ibrahim W. Turay in a very optimistic mood told Awoko that, after the construction and official commissioning of the newly constructed tank it would go a long way in alleviating the chronic water scarcity that has been confronting the hospital for the past 3 years now.
The project which he said started in April 2009 came as a result of the bold initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Power to address the water scarcity at that hospital.
He said, there is a counterpart construction of water pipes by the Guma Valley Water Company that will connect the main Guma Valley pipe at Lightfoot Boston street in Freetown to the tank to attract more water supply to the tank for maximum water supply to the hospital.
He went on to explain that, before the new tank the hospital was confronted with serious scarcity as there was poor and irregular supply of water that was creating big embarrassment for both the patients and the hospital management .
Before now the wards of the Connaught hospital are always litter with water cans and rubbers which relatives of patients use to fetch water from nearby taps to takecare of their patients.
He explained that the whole problem of water scarcity in that hospital started 3 years ago after the rehabilitation of the hospital and since then taps open ones every week with a very low pressure to service the whole hospital, but however maintained that the Guma valley water company had been giving backup by providing bowzar of water for them twice every week but was not substantial enough to service the hospital.
He said there are 300 bedding capacity of the hospital but currently have 190 patients as 4 wards including both male and female annex are not functional.
By Solomon Rogers