The Medical Superintendent at the Kingharman Road Hospital, Brookfields has informed Awoko, that there is no strike action, and that operations at the hospital are normal.
He revealed yesterday, that it was a surprise, when he heard that staff were to go on strike, if they are not paid their weekly stipend.
Dr Sesay condemned the action of some staff, who went on radio threatening strike action, noting that they are fully aware that the staff list has been already approved and is presently with the Finance Directorate at the Health Ministry, for disbursement. He assured that he will ensure that those who are entitled to weekly stipend receive their monies before Friday, when the lock-down should start.
The Medical Superintendent further said that in every institution, it is normal that some people will go on the other side of the road to create more problems, after solutions to problems would have been sought.
On the issue of personal, protective, equipment (PPE’s) Dr Sesay disclosed that for now the hospital has been provided with adequate protective gears, but the present challenge they have is the non-availability of an ambulance and a utility vehicle for the hospital.
However, he said that the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the health ministry has assured that modalities are in place to provide the hospital with an ambulance, but stressed that the hospital needs a utility vehicle, especially for staff that will be on duty during the three-day house to house visitation which should start on the 19th- 21st September.
With regards to the free health care, the medical Superintendent assured this medium that much-needed drugs are available and that the EBOLA epidemic has not affected the project, though sometimes the drugs arrive late at the hospital, which can be challenging for patients as well as hospital staff.
By Ade Campbell
Tuesday September 16, 2014