October 30, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Senior Orthopedic Technologist attached at the National Recreational Centre-Aberdeen, James Fofana, has in an exclusive interview with Concord Times said the Centre is faced with challenges with regards basic facilities and necessary materials to carry out its operations.
According to him, the Centre was established in 1961 when Sierra Leonean soldiers, who participated in the Burma war, returned home amputated.
He said the Centre comprises a Physiotherapy and Orthopedic section where they craft false foot and hand, plus other departments including facilities to admit patients who resides a distance off the centre.
He said over the years, Handicap International has been supporting the centre with materials and other supports, adding that the centre is under the supervision of Ministry of Health and Sanitation – a ministry he claimed has been providing little or no support.
Fofana said the lack of materials has been their biggest constraint, while noting that some community residents have encroached on the property where the centre is located.
He further explained that since the hospital was established, it has been contributing immensely to the country’s health sector and some West African nationals have been visiting the centre for treatment.
“Because of the encroachment by members of the community, the hospital has become a hideout and many people don’t even know that this kind of facility exist in the country. The road to the hospital is not accessible which is very bad for emergence cases,” he said.
“We are going through lot of constraints because we are largely working with materials from other countries and presently we are working with materials that were left behind by Handicap International,”
He disclosed that diabetes mellitus, cancer and road accident have been the major causes of amputation, adding that the hospital also has facilities to admit patients that are residing far away from Freetown.
The Senior Orthopedic Technologist urged government to renovate the hospital and construct other structure to decongest the hospital.