Health Ministry Boosts Bo Government Hospital
According to an exclusive interview conducted by Sierra Express Media with the Pharmacist Technician of the Bo Government Hospital, Mr. Emmanuel A. Allieu, it was affirmed that 3 months’ consignment of drugs and other medical instruments have been supplied to the above mentioned hospital in order to mitigate prevailing health hazards, thus promoting Government’s efforts to combat diseases. Though the Pharmacist Technician registered his frustration that the drugs supplied will not be enough for the period under review, devoid of the Daily or Monthly requisition made as per usage.
When interrogated about supplementary supplies, he revealed that they have not been getting such, adding that pilot study called M-Supply is normally conducted to depicts the inflow and outflow of drugs and that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MHS) knows drug stock out very well. Responding on how to manage the additional Ebola Survivors and Disabled patients under the Free Health Care scheme, Allieu confirmed that 100% is not achievable although they have been providing adequate medical treatments, for even the destitute.
In another encounter, it was alleged that disabled are normally asked to pay, of which the Pharmacist Technician debunked by saying it was not to his knowledge and therefore he cannot confirm that allegation but he is quite aware of the Registration. Applicable to the salaries of Health Workers, he unearthed that a health worker manages his available salary paid to him/her monthly. During that process, another accusation that has to do with Nurses and Doctors depriving patients of their drugs in demand for money, Emmanuel refuted by stressing on that accusation as baseless because its lacks evidence and that such inhumane practice has never come to his notice.
Responding to the challenges faced when cross-examined, he exclaimed that not all drugs are available and supplied especially for delicate cases, and prescribers prescribe based on findings and not based on the available drugs; the air conditioner at the dispensary is not in a working condition; and the ambulance service is a serious challenge. Conclusively, he updated this medium in an interview that when the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha T. Wurie visited their facility, he paid special courtesy calls to major departments like the blood bank, maternal ward, theatre, but attested to the AC being faulty.
In a nutshell, Pharmacist Emmanuel is urging government to give premium to them as their concerns/challenges are normally channel through their weekly meeting that usually holds on Friday.
By: Allieu Badara Kamara
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