Despite restrictions to enter the Labour Room at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) for obvious reasons, Matron of that hospital Rosaline Momoh confided in this medium that pregnant women are often abandoned half dead in the Hospital. “Most times they abandoned them with no one behind them to foot their bills” she noted.
She added that, they are most often confronted with serious problems as most pregnant women hardly go around for check up, because they preferred mushroom Clinics and Traditional Birth Attendants in their Communities, instead of the PCMH where quality services are delivered.
She stated that patients are only brought to them either bleeding or after the placenta has been exposed, after been messed around with by Traditional Birth Attendants who have scanty knowledge on delivery.
She maintained that they used to sacrifice their time, energy and resources to save the lives of those patients with emergency cases; but people still levied blame on them for hike in maternal and infant mortality rates.
Responding to questions regarding the recent resolve by the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sheku Tejan Koroma that emergency cases should be given concession or consideration, she stated that they have received huge consignments of drugs for emergency obstetric complications to pregnant women. She however noted that, prescriptions are usually issued to patients to secure those drugs that are not available in the Hospital.
Sources close to the Hospital Kitchen stated that patients are fed break fast, lunch and dinner; but some pregnant women refuse to partake of the food for reason unknown.
However, the Hospital Staff has made it mandatory for all patients including pregnant women to eat before taking any treatment in that hospital, for fear that administering of drugs without food might result to serious health complications. The Secretary-General of the Hospital, Alieu B. Sannoh, pointed out that the resolve of the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation to giving consideration to emergency cases of pregnant women in labor has always been their dream but that the issue has not been given due consideration.
He confirmed that the stance of the Minister was heartedly welcomed by the Staff of that Hospital, which he said, would go a long way in mitigating maternal and infant mortality.
He explained that they were now working on plans to convene a meeting with Heads of Units in the Hospital to see how best they could enforce or implement the aspiration of the Minister, by harmonizing the different charges per patients.
He concluded that water and electricity supply have improved considerable; but that notwithstanding they still need to access funds for the standby generator in case of any eventuality. By Solomon Rogers