Mabesseneh Hospital champions Ebola fight
The Saint John of God Hospital (Mabesseneh Hospital) at Lunsar Town has not relented in making sure that it saves the lives of the people from the deadly Ebola Viral Disease (EVD). Under the leadership of Bro. Michael Musa Koroma, the Hospital donated 29 bags of rice and one million, five hundred thousand Leones to affected persons and an additional five hundred thousand Leones to youths in the community to facilitate cleaning of the environment. (Photo: Bro. Michael Musa Koroma…demonstrating sound leadership )
The Head Man of the Chaindata Village thanked the Hospital management for the donation and noted that this is the first ever philanthropist to come to their aid during the Ebola Period. He called on other organizations to follow suit.
It can be recalled that the Hospital was on the forefront in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in a week long programme organized training and sensitization on the deadly Ebola outbreak. The event targeted Religious Leaders, Heads of Institutions, health workers, drivers, bike riders, youth groups, opinion leaders an and traditional leaders from the community. The end of the week-long activities coincided with the opening of the Hospital, which was shut down wrongfully after some misconceptions and misinformation that some nurses died of the Ebola virus. Report states that this did not stop the Hospital management to carry on with its Good Samaritan activities through education and sensitization in other to save the lives of the people in the community it’s operate.
The objective of the training was to equip health workers in the Marampa Chiefdom with basic skills in infection prevention and control practices and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in providing care to all sick persons in the respective health facilities.
The Hospital management also thought it wise that training the various groups will not yield the required dividend if materials are not provided to facilitate their day to day work. It was against this background the following Ebola Prevention items were distributed: packets of apron, gallons of chlorine, bottles of detol solution, boxes of disposable gloves, peers of boots, bottles of liquid soap and dustbins. The targeted beneficiaries are: Konike Clinic, Lunsar Health Center, Baptist Eye Hospital, Arab Clinic, Marampa PHUs and the Sierra Leone Police Force.
Brother Michael Koroma noted that the training will create great impact in health workers, and that it will prevent them from contacting the Ebola virus whilst they are on duty. “This will enable them prepare well to deal with suspected cases,” he said, suggesting that the Ministry of Health take the bold step to integrate the Mabesseneh Hospital into the health delivery system, and also the District Health Management Team should decentralized all catchment areas to Mabesseneh Hospital so that it provides quality services to the wider community.
Brother Koroma also admonished the Health Ministry to provide the required materials and other support to health workers in the Marampa Chiefdom so as to enable them discharges their services effectively and efficiently.
However, the Government of Sierra Leone has disbursed millions of Leones to the District Medical Office for Nurses at the Mabesseneh Hospital. Each of the Nurses received four hundred thousand Leones each.
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