World Vision hands over Le1.1 billion rehabilitated Macaulay Street Hospital
SIERRA LEONE, Freetown: The National Director of World Vision International Sierra Leone, Sagane Thiaw has yesterday 21st December, 2021 handed over the rehabilitated Macauley Street Hospital to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
The handing over ceremony of the hospital marks the completion of sustainable water supply in PCMH and Ola During and the rehabilitation of the Macaulay Street Hospital project which is funded and implemented by World Vision, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Water Resources.
“The total cost of this project is one billion one hundred and four million three hundred and eighty-seven thousand three hundred and seventy five Leones,” (Le1,104,387,375) says Sagane Thiaw, adding that the rehabilitation of Macauley Street Hospital and the provision of water supply network in PCMH, Ola During and Macauley Street Hospital is part of World Vision commitment to Sierra Leone’s Medium Term National Development Plan.
The project which was executed in March, 2021 contribute to address some of the challenges these health facilities were facing at the peak of the COVID pandemic.
The National Director said that in 2020 and 2021 fiscal year, “27 health facilities have been rehabilitated with complete Water, Hygiene and Sanitation package, a solar mechanized borehole, VIP latrine incinerator, extended delivery rooms, ash pit among others.”
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Anthony Sandy explained that World Vision’s positive contribution to a resilient and responsive system, that provides regulating services for an overall quality of care is very timely. “World Vision proactive support to achieve this and the government through the ministry is very appreciative with this gesture…”
He said it is undoubtedly clear that having clean water and sanitation means the ability to avoid exposure to countless diseases. “Every year, millions of people die from diseases caused by inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Poor sanitation and unsafe water caused nearly 20% of workplace deaths.”
The Deputy Health Minister said that effective water supply to these three hospitals has been a very big challenge to the government but the swift move by their partner World Vision must be commended for their relentless efforts to complement government in this area of committing over Le 1 billion to surmount this challenge.
He added that access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene are components of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG-6 which “the Ministry of Health and Sanitation is assiduously working towards its achievement through full collaboration with our revered partners including World Vision.”
The Minister of Water Resources, Philip Lansana said that the strategy that they have adopted with regards to the sustainability of water supply in health facilities, is to ensure that wherever there is a water supply project we must include health facilities in that project and also including schools.
Another strategy is collaboration with partners and NGO’s that was what prompted us to call on World Vision to assist us with these hospitals especially to have sustainable water in these health facilities.
Minister Lansana said, “what we would like to see there should be provision for operating and maintaining these facilities, because if there is no water in a hospital that hospital has collapsed there is no service in that hospital.”
World Vision’s WASH manager, Ing Patrick Ngaima explained that the Macauley Street Hospital got burnt and appeal was made by the then health Minister to NGOs for support “World Vision came on board, we actually came and did an overhauled rehabilitation of the facility, and we also did a sustainable water supply system in collaboration with Guma Valley Water Company. And of course, we also did the same sustainable water supply system at PCMH and Ola During where we did an independent connection and a storage tank which is being reticulated in to the facility.”
Ing. Ngaima assured that as long as there is water from the main source, the facilities are sure of having water.
Regarding the sustainability of the project, Ing Ngaima explained that they have installed a two inch pipe which is well protected, but that notwithstanding they are appealing again to citizens to be collective security’s to these water transmission lines. “These lines are clearly dedicated to these facilities; we encourage all of us to see how we can restrain ourselves from illegal connections because it is imperative that these facilities always have enough water.” OG/22/12/2021