“It is not Chinese, nor Arab. It is Sierra Leonean,” says Dr Victor Willoughby who chaired the official opening ceremony of an Ultra modern Hospital named after the late academia Davidson Nicol.
Dr Willoughby explained that the proprietor of the establishment Sylvester Nichol was an outstanding student who followed the footstep of his father and graduated and trained in internal medicine.
He disclosed that Dr Nicol work in Tennyson for several years and decided to come back home to contribute to the appalling conditions in Sierra Leone.
In his statement Dr Nicol said, “this has been a long journey and a dream of mine since I was a student at Prince of Wales (POW) secondary school.”
He revealed that when he was working at the outskirt of England one question always come to mind, “when will I be able to treat my own people?”
That question I have answered, he said, “the time is now.”
He acknowledged Dr Willoughby as his mentor and paid tribute to his father who taught him hard work and the virtue of being diligent.
He also stressed his appreciation to t5he people of Cole Farm, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and the Office of the Diaspora.
Describing the hospital he disclosed that the hospital is equipped with ultra modern medical equipment such as radiology and x-ray machines, a drug store, 15 beds and 3 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds.
Dr Nicol said this is just a noble beginning, but there is room for expansion, “everything is basic medicine, with superior nurses.”
In her keynote address, First Lady Sia Koroma explained that the hospital is a wonderful establishment, disclosing that she had a “keen interest in health…”
“I have been working with international agencies and Sierra Leoneans to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
It is not an easy task but the good news is that we’ve seen positive support,” she disclosed.
Mrs Koroma stated that she is happy that Sierra Leoneans are taking the led by investing in the health sector, by building and investing in the health sector.
“It is our duty as Sierra Leoneans to solve our own problems,” she stressed and called on all to support the initiative.
The First Lady also noted that most times people often complained about nurses’ behavior, “maltreatment of patients should not be encouraged,” she stressed.
At the same time, she pointed out “patient and families must treat nurses as professionals and allowed them to carryout their duty professionally.”
She disclosed that there is a need for an outreach sexual and productive advocacy and called on the health facility to be used as a platform when the campaign kicks off.