The African Development Bank (ADB) through the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated a consignment of drugs worth about 52,000 dollars to the Kenema government hospital.
The presentation ceremony took place at the under five clinic hall at the hospital compound.
Presenting the drugs, the Administrative and Finance Associate UNFPA/MOHS and Ministry of Health and Sanitation Strengthening the District Health Services Project, Simeon Ganda said the drugs was for Kenema district and it was an ADB funded strategic project to strengthening district health services.
He added that the project was for five years having three components including strengthening the health system, strengthening the maternal child health system and the Management of the health system. Mr. Ganda called for the judicious use of the drugs and called on the community people who are the beneficiary to maximize the use of the drugs whilst appealing to both the city and the district councils to be very vigilant in the monitoring.
He also disclosed that the ambulances they ordered for were now available in Freetown with one of them to be deployed in Kenema.
In his statement, the Kenema District Council (KDC) Deputy Chief Administrator, Augustine Amara registered his sincere thanks and appreciation to the donors for providing the district with such essential drugs.
He appealed to all to be an eye opener to see that the drugs were utilized for its intended purpose adding that should the project fail, then the Kenema district has failed in the district and then asked for more donations for the district.
Contributing, the Mayor of the Kenema city council Chief Brima Kargbo thanked ADB for their concerns and for all what they have been doing for the Kenema district. Chief Brima Kargbo called on the stakeholders to form a committee to monitor the use of the drugs.
He noted that Doctors should be given vehicles to enhance their mobility and working conditions. He cited an instance where doctors walk on foot or use motor bikes to go to the hospital even when there was an emergency case.
The mayor appealed to the African Development Bank to consider the Doctors and provide mobility for them.
The surgeon specialist who is also the Medical Superintendent of the government hospital in Kenema, Dr.Samuel Bonoh Sesay said that there was an urgent need to sensitize the community about the use of the drugs donated by ADB as he called for the formation of a committee to monitor its delivery. “Whether the drugs are on cost recovery basis or not it must be made known to all in the district” he said.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Kenema district, the District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Yankuba Madina Bah thanked the donors for their gesture and assured them of proper handling and use. Dr. Bah said the ADB was just complementing the efforts of the government in five districts of the country among which included training, rehabilitation and capacity building. He said the drugs were free for the community according to ADB policy.
He said what ever donation they received for the hospital will be made public and the current donation comprised of basic drugs but said more was needed. Dr Bah warned the store keeper to take great care of the drugs saying that ADB will be monitoring the use of the drugs.
He revealed that the Kenema government hospital has two old ambulances and appealed that if there was an additional ambulance, it will serve the entire district.
In another development at the same government hospital, Madam Nyaibor Ngombu of the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) also presented three motor bikes to the District Medical Officer (DMO) in Kenema district to be used for the purpose of three posts in the district.
The health post included Blama health centre in the Small Bo chiefdom, Largo health centre in the Nongowa chiefdom and the Aid response group in the government hospital in Kenema city.