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‘Connaught Hospital not abandoned’ - Health Minister affirms

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie has affirmed- that the government through his ministry has not abandoned Connaught Hospital as being perceived by some people.

He said the government has refocused its commitment to the country’s main referral hospital for effective and efficient service delivery of health services.

He was speaking during the handing over of additional truck load of assorted supplies of medical commodities, including Oxygen Concentrators, Beds, Uniforms and other consumables to the Connaught Teaching Hospital Complex in Freetown.

The hospital provides medical and surgical services; treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB and Leprosy; ophthalmology, physiotherapy, oral health and an outpatient department for emergency care.

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s (MOHS) Health Sector Recovery Plan for 2015-2020 placed significant focus on improving Connaught Hospital with the aim of making it a key component in a new national teaching hospital complex. To accomplish this, Connaught has attained the standard required for accreditation for postgraduate training, and to firmly establish the hospital as a hub of quality care, setting standards nationally.

“I feel very happy and I want you to know that President Julius Maada Bio initially described the year 2020 as the year for deliverables and so our commencement is to rehabilitate facilities within Connaught hospital, and that work is currently ongoing at the Duty House,” Minister Wurie stated.

He assured that by October this year, the Annex Unit at the hospital will be rehabilitated and that the costing will involve three to four other facilities with the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to be re-classified to a standard unit.

The Minister urged health practitioners to handle the hospital well and informed them that they are developing a policy for doctors on contract to fully come onboard and provide services to the masses.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Samba, reiterated that the donation is to motivate healthcare workers in service delivery to their patients.

He noted that they do associate with the problems and challenges they are facing but assured that the ministry will work with them to ensure that such challenges are resolved.

The Managing Director, National Medical Supplies Agency (NMSA), Dr. Lawrence Sandi said their vision remains in the pandemic to protect the frontline workers; nurses, doctors, pharmacists and all auxiliary staff.

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