Daru Health officer laments acute constraints

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...One ambulance for 10 chiefdoms

May 24, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Community Health Officer at the Daru Community Health Centre has lamented that there are serious constraints facing the health facility with only one ambulance to cover ten chiefdoms.

Alpha Salia told monitors from the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone that the many constraints they are facing were having serious impact on the running of the facility.

He revealed that out of twenty-five staff working at the centre, only are twelve are trained and qualified, while eight others are volunteers.

“Out of the twenty-five staff members we have currently, seven are on salary. Some of the volunteers who are trained and qualified have been working for over two years without pin code,” he revealed and added that even the nursing sister at the centre is not on salary and has been a volunteer for two years.

He added that they use the ambulance to provide emergency and normal services to Njawei, Njaluahun, Upper Bambara, Mamdu, Pengaye, Dia, Peje West, Yawei, Malema and Peje Bongre chiefdoms in the Kailahun district.

Also, Mr. Salia noted that the widespread occurrence of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) cases across the country presents a very serious challenge to women’s rights.

He attributed the rise in SGBV cases to communities compromising due to traditional practices, coupled with the fact that the justice system is not doing much to tackle the issue.

“As a result, victims of SGBV have most times been left emotionally and physically traumatied,” he said and disclosed that they have received a total of seventy-seven cases from the police from January to May this year, with 80% of them related to sexual and gender-based violence.