The Matron presently at the King Harman Road Hospital housed at the MCSL Compound along King Harman road, said that the construction of the new Maternity and Child Hospital, will increase coverage, compared to the number of people the facility is providing service to presently. Matron Mildred Kamanda made this disclosure yesterday during a day’s visit at the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL), health care service centre. For almost two years, the MCSL opened its doors to staff of the King Harman road hospital, as a result of establish and expand on infrastructure and health care services to residents in Brookfield’s and its surroundings. It was about 9:30 am and the facility at MCSL compound was already full to capacity, mostly with women and children and because it was antenatal and post natal care day, nurses as well as support staff were running around as if wheels were under their feet to meet the demands of pregnant women, under fives’, including general outpatient. Matron Kamanda and team did not wait for the Medical Superintendent, as they began routine rounds to various units within the small facility, which is overcrowded on a daily basis. Matron Mildred Kamanda added that for almost two years health staff had to work and cope with what was available to provide health care service to people. Questioned about weekly and monthly statistics, she noted that the figures are not constant, “And as you have witnessed, we have to deal with a large crowd of people on a daily basis and its very hectic during antenatal days”. Matron Kamanda also confirmed that last minute preparations are being put in place by the Health Ministry’s administration, in order for the staff to move in to the new complex, to start operations in full. Moving around the small but decent facility, the health staff continue to maintain IPC standards as the lost veronica buckets in public and private Institutions is still visible at all entry points within the facility, and patients still go through a triage with temperatures still being checked, before they are attended to. A nurse at the centre said the facility has running pipe borne water including electricity, the only challenge is space, which sometimes limits the functions of personnel and such cases are referred to bigger hospitals.
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Most of the patients came with public or private vehicles, whilst others came on foot while there was a waiting Ambulance at the facility. Ibrahim a security officer explained that the ambulance is on stand-by in the event of an emergency case for referral, but if patients need an ambulance they should call 300-400 using the code of any of the mobile operators. Speaking to some pregnant women and lactating mothers on the establishment of a bigger facility to meet their needs, Fatmata Sesay a seven months expectant said the MCSL facility is too small to attend to the huge number of women and children who visit the facility. “Even when we come very early, we meet others already waiting to be attended, as a result we spend more time in the facility, when should be doing something else”, Fatmata added.
By Ade Campbell
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