For Treating Respiratory Distress Patient Residents Commend AHS
As the country continues to record increase cases of COVID 19, thousands of residents in the Western Area Rural District have expressed their appreciation and commendation to the management of Waterloo Adventist Health System – Sierra Leone, at Bottom Mango in Waterloo for treating a respiratory distressed patient within 24 hours.
According to investigation, a suspected Respiratory Distress Patient, Madam Sia was allegedly abandoned at the Waterloo Government Clinic by senior health authorities with the intent to exploit or scared the helpless woman amid COVID 19 pandemic fight.
Reliable sources from residents at Lumpa Community also stated that, the patient was initially brought at the Waterloo Government Clinic via Bottom Mango by family members and a community stakeholder, Mr. Mohamed Juldeh in a severe condition but nurses refuse to diagnose the patient for fear of COVID 19 transmission and also for lack of a respiratory distressed machine.
Mr .Mohamed Juldeh who also severs as Court Spokesman for the Themne Tribal Headman Court Barry, King Hassan Bangura, off Kalawa Street by Amputee Mosque, 555 Market Road, Waterloo expressed dismay to the entire Management and Staff of the Clinic for neglecting patients.
The patient was later transferred to the Adventist Health System where she was able to receive a respiratory distress diagnostic curative treatment in 24 hours period with affordable charges and was discharged on the next day.
As a result, residents expressed their sincere appreciation and commendation to the Adventist Health Hospital for treating Patients during this Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) pandemic with no discrimination and stigmatization.
Residents also whispered this medium that the Waterloo Government Clinic is not only neglecting patients at this trying moment but also levied huge unexplained bills which have the tendency to pose big threat on the Free HealthCare (FHC) Service delivery in that part of the country.
In that vein, the supposed beneficiaries of the Free HealthCare Scheme including pregnant women, suckling mothers, children under five, Peoples with Disabilities (PWD’s), the aged amongst others were afraid to access government health facilities for fear of being neglected by health workers, especially nurses.
“Nurses should not be afraid of patients. The unlawful behavior and complacency of health workers is affecting our rights to health,” residents warned and called on government to pay key attention to the Adventist Health Hospital and give it a helping hand “.
They however calling on the government through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to partner with this faith based facility to fight against COVID 19 and other diseases.
Speaking to the Admin In Charge of the Waterloo Government Clinic with regards the above allegations made by Waterloo residents, Peter Konneh said despite they are running a public health clinic but yet still it is not capable of dealing with difficult cases except minor, noting that they do not have any sophisticated respiratory distress machine for quick resuscitation unless they referred patients to Connaught Hospital or elsewhere.
Mr .Konneh disclosed that the patient in question was brought to the Clinic but the case was above them, and that the clinic does not have such complex respiratory machine to treat emergency distressed patients.
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