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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘We buy water to bath our newly born babies’

- lactating mothers claim

By Hassan G. Koroma

Lactating mothers who frequently visit the George Brook Health Centre at Dworzark have alleged that they buy drugs at a nearby pharmacy for the babies despite the free healthcare initiative, which supposedly provides free essential medicines to pregnant women, lactating mothers and under-five children.

One of the aggrieved mothers, Jestina Turay who recently delivered at the centre, lamented the shortage of clean pipe-borne water at the centre and as a result patients rely on community boys who collect water from a nearby borehole to sell. She conceded though that the tap runs sporadically.

Community Health Assistant Bintu Sesay said the tap at the centre runs three times a week, while she blames community people for illegally cutting pipes connected to the centre.

She said both the government and Concern Worldwide had supplied water tanks to the centre in order to mitigate the water shortage, although it still persists.

“We sometimes pay boys in the community to fetch water for the centre whenever the taps are closed and we have severally complained to authorities for people to stop cutting the water pipes connected to this health centre but nothing is yet to be done about it,” she said.

She noted that patients are referred to the nearby pharmacy for drugs which are not available at the centre.

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