De-amalgamated Chiefdom in Sierra Leone in Dire Need of Health Centre
Residents of various villages in the newly de-amalgamated Makarie Chiefdom, Bombali District are in dire need of health centre to increase access to quality medical services.
Prior to the de-amalgamation process, the chiefdom was named Makarie Gbantie with over one hundred surrounding villages.
Speaking to the village Headman of Worreh Makankry, Mr. Santigie Kamara confirmed that over twenty five (25) villages in the Tonkomba Section, Makarie Chiefdom depend on a single health centre located at Fullah Town Village.
He sadly maintained that some people who could not afford transport fare had to cover over 15 miles distance barefooted to visit the only health centre at Fullah Town.
The Headman disclosed that pregnant women and children are the most vulnerable set of people in that part of the country.
Mr. Kamara recalled that about three years ago, a woman delivered a baby boy in the bush road on her way to the health centre.
However, the Chief said the woman was rescued by passersby adding that it was good both the new born baby and his mother survived.
He proffered that the lack of motorable roads from certain villages to find health centre have also contributed to many untimely deaths in various villages within the chiefdom.
Mr. Kamara discussed that as village communities, some are still using hammock while others carried patients on their backs to hospital because, he said ambulance is not operating at village level.
He called on the Bombali District Health Management Team (DHMT) through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) to construct more hospitals at the demarcated area to compete with the Fullah Town Health Centre so that pregnant women could have better care in their delivery stage as well as lactating mothers and children Under Five.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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