St. John of God hospital Mabesseneh a Catholic referral health institution situated in Lunsar town in the Marampa chiefdom northern Sierra Leone is currently offering an intensive 3 years training courses for 76 would-be state enrolled nurses drawn mainly from the Western Area, Bombali district and some chiefdoms in the Port Loko district respectively.
The training initially started with 84 students in 2008.
When the entire training would have ended by 2011, St. John of God Mabesseneh would be credited for producing the first batch of trained and qualified nurses that will help salvage the brain drain in the Sierra Leone’s health sector.
However, most Marampa residents who spoke to our reporter recently lamented over the inability of some of the community people sending their children to the first ever training courses since the inception of the hospital over decades ago.
Hospital sources intimated this press that management will soon embark on a sensitization drive within the Marampa chiefdom aimed at educating the community on the need to send their children in future training courses.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that in 2004 when the Italian missionaries finally left the Mabesseneh hospital and handed over responsibilities to Sierra Leonean indigenes headed by the director brother Peter Dawoh, there have been a lot of developmental projects which has been able to attract hundreds of sick patients from all walks of life