One of the most outstanding clinics in Makeni city, the City Garden Clinic commonly called ABD Clinic, has closed down operations to the public after three of his staff, a Community Health Officer (CHO) and two female nurses were tested positive of Ebola.
The closure of the clinic that has rendered health care services to the Makeni community for the past three years comes in the wake of confirmed Ebola cases of residents in that part of the country. Most people since the Ebola outbreak in the country have preferred going to health centers for treatment for their ailments rather than seeking treatment at the government hospital. People are afraid that they will be infected with the Ebola virus when they go to government hospitals for treatment.
On Thursday, 21st August 2014, the proprietor of the clinic, Dr. Abdulai Daniel Sesay commonly call Dr. A.B.D told the District Health Management Team during their EOC meeting that three of his clinic staff had died of probable Ebola virus infection after they attended to an unknown case.
In an exclusive interview with Awoko, the doctor said the decision to close his clinic was to save his staff, reduce stress and pressure on his staff. He said it is the most difficult decision he had taken for a very long time, noting that he is aware of the impact this shutdown will have on his 34-man staff.
ABD stated, “I have no option but to close the clinic as my contribution to saving the lives of families and that of my staff because they are special and paramount to me. I don’t think they should die because of their faith in becoming nurses and by delivering diligent services to their people,” he maintained.
Medical staffs are dying because of no proper safety by way of personal protection equipment (PPEs).
By Mohamed Kabba
Friday August 22, 2014