Director Of Hospitals Collaborates To Sanitize Mortuary
The Director of Hospitals and Ambulance Services in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Matthew Vandy last Saturday on the national cleaning joined mortuary staff at Connaught Hospital to clean and sanitize the entire home of the dead.
Responding to media interviews on the essence of the cleaning, Dr. Vandy described mortuary as a place that must always be kept tidy because it’s the last and final destination of mankind and assured that he will report what is happening in the mortuary to appropriate authorities based on his assessments.
“As a Sierra Leonean, I am sad about the ugly situation in the mortuary”, he told Journalists and spoke about the complete absence of infrastructure, pathological equipment, protective gears for mortuary attendants, furniture, limited space and the defunct cold room. He further assessed the mortuary situation as very pathetic due to the fact that he said; it cannot preserve human remains for a long period. He discussed on the importance to preserve the dignity and privacy of the dead and dilated that Government is willing and ready to buy all equipments needed for the smooth operation of the mortuary and requested mortuary management to list and present all essential materials needed to ease the ugly situation in the mortuary.
Dr. Vandy disclosed that positive things will happen before the end of this year across all mortuaries in the country.
In his statement, Pathologist Resident, Dr. Aloysius Kalawa appreciated the good and active job performed by mortuary attendants adding that, the exercise has helped to clear all strap items in the sector.
He spoke about the defunct cold room which he said, Government has demonstrated commitment to improve on and reiterated that they would soon submit list of equipment needed for the mortuary for Government to do the procurement and supply.
The Acting Admin, Sinneh Kamara who also doubles as Corona Technician highlighted that Dr. Vandy is the first Director of Hospitals and Ambulance Services to visit and understand the current challenges the mortuary is facing.
He commended Dr. Vandy for the passion he demonstrated to join mortuary staff on national cleaning day as a means of complimenting His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio’s effort to enhance an hygienic nation.
He called on other Directors in MOHS to emulate the good example of Dr. Vandy who he described as one of the many Sierra Leoneans that is very much passionate about the country’s development.
Mr. Kamara thanked Dr. Vandy for his selfless effort to equip and transform all mortuaries across the country and promised to improve on infrastructure and condition of services. The Corona Technician applauded the Director of Hospitals for his teaching on proper record keeping to capture data accurately. According to Mr. Kamara, Dr. Vandy said the record system would be used as a tool to record all categories of cases both medico-legal and natural causes of death so that the Connaught Hospital Teaching Mortuary will report accurate statistics which could be tendered at the Office of Chief Registrar and Birth and Deaths for public consumption.
During the teaching session, Director Vandy also advised on the importance for mortuary volunteers to label corpses properly before taken them to the cold room to avoid any misconception.
The Deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Gibrilla Fadhlu Deen expressed appreciation to Director Vandy for his move to uplift the country’s funeral homes and thanked mortuary volunteers for their relentless efforts to keep the mortuary clean.
Dr. Deen admonished all mortuary attendants and volunteers to work in peace, love and harmony because he said; their duty is to care for the dignity of the dead and maintained that he will work in line with the vision of Dr. Vandy to improve on quality controls of service.
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