The Medical Superintendent of government hospital in Kailahun town Dr. Dudley Pratt has disclosed to the press in Kailahun that the government hospital in the district lacked several facilities which is causing great headache on the hospital authorities. Among the hospital lacks is water at the hospital and inadequate supply of electricity..
Dr. Pratt explained that at present the hospital has one generator which supplies light at the hospital for three hours at night and sometimes during the day depending on emergency cases. He further said the one generator is not enough because there is no stand by generator in case the current one in use goes out of use and there is a surgical operation to be performed.
Talking about the problem of water at the hospital, he explained that there are four water wells at the compound, one has been condemned because of its location, the two are out of use because their pumping systems are damaged and the one that used the solar energy is also not functioning. There is problem with the water level, if the solar is put on it takes three days for it to pump water into the tank and the batteries though new, do not charge or work when the sun light is off. It does not reserve energy. He said the hospital sometimes patients are very uncomfortable without water in the wards. Talking about staff he said it is improving but said accommodation for staff is another problem. “We rent houses for our staff at high costs”. He cited a house they rented at the cost of two million Leones. His worry now is accommodation for the foreign staff they are expecting to arrive in kailahun soon to work with them.
Dr. Pratt also said the hospital is currently having two Ambulances; one is in good working order and the other is scraped and has been parked for two years now. Since he came to the hospital since December 2008 he has not received any case of Lassa fever at the hospital but confirmed that the district is a Lassa fever district but said most Lassa cases are taken to Nixon hospital at Segbwema and the government hospital in Kenema city. He is appealing to the government and other humanitarian organizations especially Non Governmental Organizations working in the Kailahun district to come to the aid of the hospital in the interest of all, adding that there is a promise on the part of the government to give the hospital one more generator but is yet to come.