A very senior doctor at the Kenema Government Hospital has said that regular hand washing as his mantra has saved him throughout from disease contraction throughout his medical practice. He has therefore recommended that regular hand washing with soap and water be adopted by everybody.
Dr. Sahr Jimmy Rogers maintains that the practice is hygienic and a prevention from bacterial and virus attack.
“For me it has become a habit to wash my hands after each interaction with patients,” Dr. Rogers said.
Dr. Sahr Jimmy Rogers is the only physician doctor currently serving at the government hospital in Kenema. He is referred to by many in the district as “Bullet Proof Commander”. During the country’s war years, he stayed in Kenema throughout rendering health services to the people.
During the thick of the Lassa fever outbreak in the eastern region, he was very instrumental in the fight against fatal disease by rendering advice and service. Even now with the Ebola ravaging Kenema district, he is still around helping in the fight. He has the trust and confidence of many people in Kenema district as is exemplified by the daily large crowd of patients at his Kenema Government Hospital office seeking his medical advice.
Speaking to Awoko at his government hospital office, he confirmed that he never left Kenema and its people even when the war raged on reaching Kenema city. “If all of us the doctors had abandoned the district, it would have gone worse for the people had it not been that some of us were around,” Dr. Rogers said.
He revealed that he once had contact with an Ebola patient who he unknowingly treated, but because he has as a custom washing of hands after each such encounter with a patient. He said the said patient was later diagnosed as Ebola positive and died later.
“I believe it is because I wash my hands when I treat a patient, I was confident in my heart that I was doing perfectly well,” the veteran doctor stated.
He said he will not leave Kenema and go to any other place, but to stay and render service to his people. He used the moment to appeal to all Sierra Leoneans to desist from amateur home treatments and to call immediately the Medical Team for the individual to be taken to the treatment center, where he said, the patient’s chances of survival are very high.
He call on the public to wash their hands frequently with soap or chlorine.
By Saffa Moriba
Wednesday August 20, 2014