The poor sanitary situation at the Pujehun Government Hospital coupled with the inadequate water and electricity supply to the wards is a serious cause for concern given the Health implications.
The flush toilet adjacent to ward 3 is no longer functional.
Even though another two-seat pit latrine will be commissioned for the general use of the patients in that hospital, some patients currently use the ‘make shift’ latrine situated at the back of the hospital wards, thereby creating more health hazards.
Dr. Tom Sesay, the Medical Superintendent of the Pujehun Government Hospital, opined that they are doing everything humanly possible to up keep the Hospital, but the issue of water and electricity requires Government and donor interventions.
He explained that there used to be the flush toilet which was open to the patients, but the absence of pipe borne water and subsequent misuse of the toilet by some patients in the hospital has warranted the closure of that toilet in order to minimize further spread of disease among patients.
The only remedy for now, the Doctor noted, is to secure an electric pump that would be used to pump water into the overhead tank for onwards supply of water to all the wards and other departments of the hospital for the wellbeing of patients.
One patient, who preferred not to be named, confided in Awoko that, in spite of all the treatment he is responding to at the hospital, he continually suffers from malaria, which he attributed to mosquitoes from the nearby ‘make shift’ latrine.