Banana Island versus Nurse In-Charge – Health Centre Shut Down
Indigenes of Dublin Banana Island in the Western Rural District (WARD) have shut down operations of the community health centre with the motive that the nurse in-charge of the Maternal Child Health Post (MCHP), Mariatu Sesay must vacate the premises with immediate effect, whilst the nurse in question has challenged the decision of stakeholders that she can only avoid the centre if her employer, Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) or the Waterloo District Health Management Team (DHMT) granted her transfer to another centre.
Speaking to media practitioners that recently visited the Island, the Town Headman, Mrs. Veronica Svarcbah and her Deputy explained that nurse Sesay was sent to head the Post since 2013 under the reign of late Headman, Elis Ray, who passed away three years ago.
The Headwoman alleged that nurse Mariatu Sesay was not working with colleague nurses and in the interest of community people who are the supposed beneficiaries of the facility.
She alleged that the nurse Sesay did not like to work with colleague nurses especially Adama Sillah who was sent to work with her with no pin-code. The Headwoman stressed that nurse Mariatu as she is commonly called is not only impatient to work with community people but spent less time at the Post and concentrated on optional activities.
Mrs. Svacbah further highlighted Mariatu Sesay never attended any meeting summoned by by her to address pertinent issues. As a result, she said, the community needed her no more in the three Islands, Dublin Banana Island, Rickets and Miss Meaux. “Mariatu Sesay is imposed on us,” they stated and affirmed that when they tendered complain to the District Medical Officer (DMO) at the DHMT in Waterloo, Silvia Fasuluku Wusman responded that if Mariatu removed from the centre, there is nobody to replace her being that Banana Island is a hard to reach area.
Responding to damning allegations leveled against her, Nurse Mariatu Sesay said she has no problem with the community people in the Island, except with few people who did not want to see her presence.
She maintained that she decided to close the centre and handed over keys to the Head Woman who was allegedly posing invective languages against her on several occasions and violated her human rights.
She said she has been working at the disputed health centre for consecutive ten years but no patient had ever die under her management, noting that very recently, she administered treatment to the very Headwoman despite the misunderstanding between them. The nurse in-charge emphasized on how she had been eye fitted and molested by the trumpeted colleague nurses who were working on voluntary basis without pin codes.
“I am not safe to continue living here because the Headwoman who should guarantee my protection is against my existence here,” she said and called on the swift intervention of Government to know where the problem lays between herself and community stakeholders.
Mariatu said since the closure of the hospital many days ago, she had been inundated with phone calls as to why the centre was closed; advancing that her reply to the concerned citizen was that she had been driven by the Headwoman.
Mariatu argued that if the Headwoman and others have conspired to remove her, let it be done in written form but she cannot be driven with verbal approaches.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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