Taimu Samura a steward at the government hospital along Combema road in Kenema city has told the press in Kenema that his department will not relent in providing decent food for all the patients in the hospital.
He revealed that the scramble for food in some wards is as a result of the quality of food provided by his department to the patients. He stated that food is never enough even for the patients in the various wards. Pa Samura says the hospital management provides food first through the matron to the catering department before reaching the patients. He maintained that the food supplied is being utilized for the intended purpose.
He further revealed that some patients are unaccompanied while others do not have the opportunity to provide daily food if they are in the hospital. Samura says breakfast, lunch and dinner are supplied every day. Pa Samura is encouraging all well meaning Sierra Leoneans to support the feeding programme in the government hospital, as in his word quality food is hardly enough in any community.
One of the patients at the male ward Jusu Amara told the press that he came unaccompanied to the hospital but since then he has been receiving the necessary care in terms of food making it needless for him to call on relatives.
Many people who come to the hospital do not like the food prepared at the hospital but that has been changing of late as some patients make use of the hospital food before their home food arrives. Another department the Press paid a visit to is the tailoring department at the hospital where the head of the tailoring department Jusu Aruna says his department needs additional staff to cater for the tailoring needs of the nurses at the government hospital. He said the tailoring materials are being provided to the nurses but when they take them to his department the few staff will not prepare them on time due to lack of man power and storage facility.
However with the food situation improving at the hospital another problem a patient at the surgical ward pointed out to the press is that there are not enough bulbs in the ward to light the surgical ward and some parts of the hospital compound is always dark even when there is electricity in the compound.
By Saffa Moriba