A front view of the refurbished Kingharman Road Maternal and Child Hospital
By Musa Kamara
As he continues to deliver on his many promises since taking office as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio on Thursday 17 October 2019 officially opened the Kingharman Road Maternal and Child Hospital built with funds provided by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
In his address, President Bio said his New Direction administration seeks to provide accessible quality health care with women and children benefitting tremendously, noting that the Kingharman Road Hospital will provide free quality health care to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children in the vicinity and beyond.
The President informed that the modern facility has 68 beds with ultra-sound machines, and providing services such as obstetrics, pediatrics, blood bank, family planning, immunization and nutrition, among many others.
President Bio therefore implored the staff of the hospital to be very professional and ensure that care is provided at all cost without fear or favour and helping the sick to abstain from what he called “intentional wrong doing and harm.”
The President also pleaded with the hospital staff to keep the facility clean and in a very good shape and admonished the general public to desist from seeking the services of quack drug peddlers, traditional birth attendants and administering treatment on one’s self.
President Bio assured all that his New Direction administration would continue to invest in the construction of more hospitals in the country.
He heartily disclosed that based on evidence in the 2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in relation to maternal, child and adolescent health, Sierra Leone is making headway with Under 5 mortality having moved from 156 to 94 per 1,000 live births, and maternal mortality from 39 to 20 per 1,000 live births.
President Bio therefore called on the medical staff to be resilient and continue to save many more lives especially the lives of women and children.
Earlier In his statement, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie, the Minister of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) said the New Direction government is refurbishing and constructing health facilities across the country.
He went on to disclose that MoHS with support from Global Fund is converting all State Enrolled Community Health Nurses (SECHN) to State Registered Nurses (SRN), maintaining that in that direction the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has funded the Health Ministry to construct a School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Region.
Statements were also made by the UNFPA Country Representative, DFID represented by the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, the Mayor of the Municipality of Freetown, and others.