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As pregnant woman abandoned at Bo Gov’t Hospital…

Social Welfare Minister intervenes to save lives

OCTOBER 23, 2014 By Tiva Ansumana in Bo

A pregnant woman has been denied access to treatment at the Bo Government Hospital.

Marie Sesay was reportedly referred from a peripheral health unit in Korie Chiefdom, Moyamba District to the MSF health facility at Gondama, few miles outside Bo. Reports say the woman was further referred to the Bo Government Hospital but was denied access to the maternity ward on 12th October.

According to the elder brother of the pregnant woman, Daniel Sesay, they arrived at the Bo hospital at about 10:30pm from Gondama and met a good number of nurses on duty. He said upon their arrival at the maternity ward, they were asked to return to where they came from.

Mr. Sesay said he made several appeals for his sister who was in pain to be admitted, but to no avail.

Responding to questions from our reporter as to why his sister was turned away by nurses, Sesay said the nurses claimed they had no gloves at the maternity ward, although he allegedly paid the sum of ten thousand Leones (Le10,000) for a pair of gloves which was not provided.

In an effort to save the lives of both mother and baby, our reporter upon hearing the story informed the Health Education Officer of the Bo District Management Team, Mohamed Massaquoi, after several phone calls to the District Medical Officer, Alhaji Dr. Sannie Turay, proved abortive as his mobile phone was switched off.

Mr. Massaquoi then visited the hospital that night and pleaded with the nurses in charge but his effort too proved futile.

Marie Sesay was left at the corridors of the maternity ward where she delivered a baby boy at about 12:00pm and was left unattended until the morning of 13th October.

Upon hearing news of the dastardly treatment of the pregnant woman, the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, who was in Bo, visited the hospital to ascertain with the hospital’s management the veracity of the incident. He was faced with serious confrontation with some of the nurses present.

However, the intervention of Minister Kaikai helped save the life of another pregnant woman who had been left lying on the floor of the corridor at the maternity ward since Monday (13 October) morning. She was taken to the labour room where she safely delivered her baby.

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