EU Rep. hands over health facilities to Kabala, Bombali districts


June 30, 2017 By Emmanuel Okyne

One of the facilities being handed over at the Kabala Hospital by the EU Rep, UNICEF @MOHS

Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Peter Versteeg, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has handed over health facilities to Kabala in Koinadugu district and Konsho in Bombali district, through the Millennium Development Goals initiative and ‘Bridging the gaps to attain MDGs 4 and 5’ project.

Facilities that were handed over to Kabala included a Maternity Hospital, medical stores and the Krubola Community Health Centre, while  Konsho village in the Bombali district benefited a rehabilitated clinic, a new maternity ward and a new staff quarter.

The handing over ceremony took place in the respective districts on Wednesday.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Ambassador Versteeg, said  in 2013 , the EU  decided  to support  the efforts of the  Government  of Sierra  Leone  in achieving  the two  Millennium  Development Goals  of  reducing  the number of mothers who die when giving birth  and  reducing the number  of children who die before  they reach  age five.

The EU Representative further said with EU support , UNICEF  has helped  to train  doctors , nurses  and health clinic  assistants  across the country  in areas  such as  obstetrics  and gynecology, paediatrics  and  radiology .

UNICEF Country  Representative, Geoff  Wiffin  said  in  February, this year,  President Ernest  Bai  Koroma, in  Kenema  district,  commissioned   47  newly constructed  health facilities across the country through the EU funded programme in the country, noting  that such project  would support the government in  the  President Recovery  Priorities.

Wiffin said the project was interrupted due to the Ebola outbreak, adding that the facilities were equipped with solar panels that would supply power on a 24 hours basis.

He further appealed to pregnant women in the respective districts to make use of the health facilities, nothing that the community should take ownership of facilities and report to the appropriate authorities if anything goes wrong.

Minister of Health and Sanitation,Dr. Abubakarra  Fofanah, said  the  districts  benefited  the  full package  of the EU project , adding that the programme  met the demand  of people in the districts.

He urged community members and staff to handle the facilities with care.

Medical Superintendent of Kabala Government Hospital, Dr. Hoody Lymon said the district is one of the biggest, but neglected for quite some time, stressing that staff normally declined working in the district due to the terrain.

Dr Lymon said since the facility was renovated they have admitted 466 patients and operated over 170 patients with only two maternal deaths.

District Medical officer of Bombali District, Brima Osaio Kamara said the newly constructed health facility and staff quarter in Konsho community would help the community greatly, adding that before now, patients used to travel over 12 miles to seek medical attention in Makeni.