By Solomon Rogers
The 17 October 2019 marked another landmark intervention by Government of President Julius Maada Bio who has officially opened the newly constructed Ultra-Modern 80 bed Hospital on Kingharman Road, Brookfields in Freetown.
The 80 bedroom Hospital is expected to reduce the high demand on the main referral Connaught Hospital. Thousands of residents in Brookfields, Tengbeh town, New England are expected to benefit from this gesture.
The construction of the facility was supported by DFID through UNFPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
President Bio appealed to service providers to focus on patient care , maintain high professional standards, high hygiene and Sanitation maintenance.
He reiterated his Government commitment to a comprehensive health care service delivery.
The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Prof. Alpha Wurie, outlined the various efforts made in the areas of capacity and structural development, free health care services , devolved health service delivery, ambulance services and general transformation of the health system.
The Hospital comprise of a well-equipped Surgical Theatre, Ultra sound Unit , Diagnostic Laboratory, Reproductive and Paediatric Ward , Pharmacy, special baby care unit, blood Bank, post-natal unit among others.
The facility is expected to service pregnant women, lactating mothers and under five children and other paediatric emergency cases for free.
The UNFPA Representative, Kim Dickson, assured Government of maximum support to enhance saving lives and hence universal health coverage.
The British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone confirmed that Ukaid supported the construction of the facility with $2,000,000 towards a lives saving initiative and are committed to leading more support to the health sector.