By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
Patients admitted at the Moyamba government hospital have stopped receiving their food ration since the start of 2014.
Some of the patients, especially the free health care beneficiaries, complained to Concord Times that they have to beg from well-to-do patients or visitors to the hospital before they could get something to eat. Some even threatened to discharge themselves – against medical advice – should the authorities fail to resume the food supply in the coming days.
Responding to the concern, the Medical Superintendent at the Moyamba government hospital, Dr. Kwami O’nill, admitted that they are currently not providing feeding to patients due to no fault of the hospital management.
He said government’s new policy is that every year an advertisement should be placed for a new contractor to prepare food for the patients, but that this is yet to be done.
However, he said they are working in close collaboration with the Moyamba District Council to offer a one-month contract to the former contractor to be providing food for the patients until a new contractor is identified.