By Victoria K. Saffa
Patients at the Rokupa government hospital have had to do without water and electricity supply due to their non-availability at the facility in the east end of Freetown.
Patients who spoke to this reporter bemoaned the fact that they have to buy water from local boys who run a lucrative trade by collecting water in jerry cans, as well as relying on alternative energy sources for electricity, as the generated is operated only sporadically.
One Memunatu Jalloh lamented the fact that a government hospital in the capital city cannot provide basic facilities for patients. She, therefore pleaded with the government and well-wishers to help remedy the situation.
Another patient, Allieu Kamara, praised staff at the hospital for a high sense of professionalism and compassion, despite the numerous challenges they encounter.
‘’As a hypertensive patient, I have been in the hospital for the past two months having effective medication, but at night the hospital is put in darkness with no electricity supply,’’ he said.
He called on authorities at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation restore water and electricity services to the hospital.
A senior nurse who preferred not to be named reechoed the cries of the patients for an immediate intervention by government to provide water and regular electricity to the hospital.