Lunsar, June 22, 2015 (MOHS) – Continuing to ensuring a clean, safety and healthy environment in all hospitals across the country, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman as part of her mandate has taken the initiative to the Mabesseneh hospital in Lunsar.
The St. John of God Hospital commonly known as Mabesseneh hospital is a Catholic Mission Faith-Based institution in Lunsar, Port Loko district. The move to carry the exercise to the hospital by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation demonstrates its private-public partnership strategy to help build a conducive environment for health workers and patients.
Addressing senior staff, management and stakeholders of the Mabesseneh hospital, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madina Rahman underscored the importance of public, private partnership in building a resilient health system across the country.
She described her visit to the Mabesseneh hospital as the first faith based and private hospital visited since the start of the environmental health and sanitation and infection prevention control exercise, and lauded the Founder of Friends of Maternity hospital Madam Isha Daramy for her pertinent role in the initiative.
The Mabesseneh hospital, the Deputy Minister observed is one among faith based hospitals in the country that has been strategically and efficiently providing health care services to both urban and rural Sierra Leone including neighboring Guinea.
She commended the laudable services rendered by staff and management of the hospital and encouraged them to continue the good work.
Dilating on the Ebola virus disease outbreak, she spoke about the ills and gains of the outbreak which she said destroyed the gains made on the Free Health Care that was launched in 2010 as well as the progress we had towards meeting the challenges ahead to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
As a nurse, herself, Madam Rahman described the nursing profession as honourable. An institution she said that has no boundary in providing health care: whether black or white, poor or rich or of ethnic loyalty. The Deputy Minister encouraged her colleague nurses to be compassionate and caring working within the code of ethics and conduct of the profession.
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation, she told her audience is poised to strengthen the entire health care delivery system in the country with its strategic plans within its Post Ebola Recovery Plan to building a resilient health system in the country.
The Medical Superintendent, Mabesseneh Hospital, Dr. Jibao Donatus Sandy advocated for free health care support, provision of an ambulance and human resource capacity to address some of the key challenges.
Port Loko District Medical Officer, Dr. Tom Sesay expressed satisfaction over the Minister’s visit and the move to building an infection free environment for both the health worker and the patient.
The Free Health Care he said continue to be free in the district with no service charges, adding that the population too have access to quality and affordable health care delivery service.
Dilating on the challenges, Dr. Sesay thanked the government for providing motorbikes to the district to address part of the mobility problem, and appealed for additional support and adequate provision of drugs in the hospital and peripheral health units in the district.
He applauded the Mabesseneh hospital for the essential services rendered and encouraged them to continue the good work.
Other highlights of the visit include a conducted tour of the various facilities.
The Deputy Minister in a similar engagement visited the Northern Regional Hospital at Makama, Makeni where she interacted with staff on key findings during a conducted tour of the various units led by the Acting Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. Mamoud Kamara.