January 29, 2019
By Mohamed Massaquoi
President Julius Maada Bio has disclosed that his administration has signed an agreement with the Methodist Mission for government to take over the Nixon Memorial Hospital in Segbwema in the eastern district of Kailahun.
The hospital has now been renamed the Nixon Memorial Government Hospital with proposals for further enhancement of the facility.
President Bio said his government was concerned about the welfare of the people and that Nixon Memorial Hospital has been providing essential services for the people in that part of the country, but government decided to take over the facility because of the numerous challenges it has been faced with over the past decades.
Nixon Memorial Hospital was a Missionary Hospital and it used to serve an estimated population of 30,000, by providing daily outpatient and 24 hours inpatient care across 5 wards including pediatrics and maternity.
The hospital has a functioning operating theatre and laboratory offering basic investigations. It continues on a programme of rehabilitation and progress after its destruction during the Sierra Leone civil conflict, which ended in 2002.
“I promised to develop the human capital of this country for a better Sierra Leone. Today, there is free quality education and here I present to the people of Kailahun district six ambulances and fire trucks of free medical drugs to be evenly distributed. We will rehabilitate the Nixon Memorial Government Hospital to modern standard,” he said.
Also, President Bio promised that the Bunumbu Teachers College, which is very close to the hospital, would fully be reconstructed and renovated.
“Full lectures will commence in the 2019/2020 academic year with adequate facilities and the University later,” he promised.