No Refrigerator to Preserve Vaccine at M&M Health Post in Sierra Leone
The Maternal Child Health Officer (MCHO), in-charge of the Masorie & Masantigie (M & M) Health Post, Nurse Finda Komba has complained that there is no refrigerator at the centre to protect essential drugs like vaccine.
Speaking to this medium, Nurse Komba submitted that it usually costs them huge money to take vaccine to the Kissy Town Health Centre in Waterloo for refrigeration, adding that there is no water supply except they had to walk to the far distance to fetch water.
She disclosed that she is still using torchlight at the delivery room as a result of the absolute absence of electricity and solar system, stating that the M & M Health Post covered over ten catchment areas.
Madam Komba maintained that she was surprised to see pregnant women delivered at home and visited native doctors for medicinal purposes instead of going to the health centre for the required medical attention. However, nurse Komba said she has spent four years in that centre and no pregnant woman or lactating mother ever died under her supervision. She explained that she often transfer any complicated case which she may not handle to PCMH Ola During Hospital through ambulance.
She discussed that all medicines are available at the Post to handle all sort of cases except the SP, which she said, essential for pregnant women and to cure Malaria.
“I don’t have any Community Health Worker (CHW),” she said and continued that she has been engaging headmen, stakeholders and all to see reason why they should take their women and children to the health centre.
She categorized that Malaria medicine is free for all class of the disease and expressed happiness that the Government is supplying the health centre with prenatal medicines to help pregnant women at stage of delivery. She drew attention of the Government to remove all sort of quack doctors and drug peddlers from the street.
In his brief statement, a community stakeholder, Mr. Momoh Kamara said efforts have been made to sensitize the community on the need to stop going to traditional or native doctors but to visit what she described as a nearest clinic for delivery or any abnormality. She lauded nurse Komba and team for hard work and commitment.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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