The Pujehun District Government hospital is suffering from acute shortage of medical staff to handle the health situation in the district.
AWOKO paid a visit to the hospital and caught up with Dr.Tom Sesay who happens to be the only medical Superintendent in the hospital.
Dr. Sesay disclosed that the hospital is short of medical personnel.
“The terrible condition of roads leading to various peripheral units within the district further compounds the problem” he added.
Dr. Tom Sesay explained that the hospital has only one midwife, and even the supporting nurses are not well trained to handle most of the health cases in the district seriously affecting effective delivery of medical services within the district. Another major constraint is that unlike others the Pujehun Government hospital does not have t quarters for its medical staff. Dr. Sesay said he is currently renting a house inside the town.
The only quarter that is available is a dilapidated building meant for only the District Medical Officer, but even that one is currently unfavorable for dwelling purposes because of its bad shape. The DMO has refused to stay in the house and prefers to stay in Bo and go to work in Pujehun everyday.
Dr. Tom Sesay called on the government to make the condition of service of medical staff in the provinces more attractive so as to encourage more qualified doctors and nurses to go to these areas.
Malaria still remains the common sickness affecting people throughout the twelve chiefdoms in the Pujehun district while maternal mortality has drastically reduced with just nine recorded cases of maternal mortality in 2008.
He further revealed that since the start of 2009 the hospital has so far documented six cases of maternal mortality.
The hospital has four Wards with facilities that are not even up to the standard of a district hospital; there is only one ambulance to convey patients in an emergency situation to the hospital.
The location of the hospital just close to the Wanjei River does not in any way contribute to ease the problem of getting access to safe drinking water as the only source of water is from a well located in the middle of the hospital compound. By William Freeman and Easmon Moigua