The MP representing constituency 07 Kailahun District, Robin Farley said at a Press conference held at Stop Press that the Nixon Memorial hospital in Segbwema is excluded from President Koroma’s free health delivery package to be launched on April 27th the 49th anniversary of Independence Day.
He said the hospital is one of the two largest referrals in the Kailahun District and covers nine Chiefdoms with a population slightly above 200,000. It attends to 10,000 pregnant women annually and 5,000 emergency cases. The hospital is being run by the Methodist Mission for over a decade but it is now experiencing difficulties in supporting the hospital.
Hon. Farley stated that the hospital has played a predominant role in the delivery of health care in the District as they have trained 15,000 nurses to compliment the acute shortage of nurses but with lack of proper conditions of service, they do not have enough nurses and only one Doctor.
He said because of the crucial role of the hospital there is much need for it to be capacitated with essential drugs, assistance to pay salaries, provision of an ambulance and nutrition for the children under five years. He commended government for the provision of Le1.4billion to the hospital for structural rehabilitation.
The free health service does not cover hospitals owned by missions even though their operations in the areas they operate are immense.
By Ishmael Bayoh