Concord Times (Freetown)

4 July 2008

Sierra Leone: Nursing School for Mabessaneh Hospital

Port Loko — Management of Saint John of God Catholic Hospital popularly known as Mabessaneh Hospital in Port Loko district has started the construction of a 4-classroom nursing training school.

The aim of the project is to enhance a conducive learning environment for those wishing to pursue a career in nursing.

The 4-classroom building project which commenced over the weekend is funded by Manos - Unidas, a Spanish humanitarian organization.

The foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by dignitaries including natives of Makomp, Malompo, Lunsar and the Mabessaneh community itself.

Chairman of the ceremony, Victor Alimamy Wright said the idea was born at the 40th anniversary of the Mabessaneh Hospital in 2007.

Representative of Paramount Chief Bai Koblo Queen II of Marampa, Pa Amadu Kabia said the people of Marampa are very much impressed with the efforts of the present management of the hospital.

He thanked the director, Brother Peter Lansana Dawoh for setting the pace and urged the children of the respective communities to make proper use of the opportunity.

Gibril Sampha Conteh who represented staff of the hospital said they are dedicated to the development of the hospital.

He said the nursing school will contribute immensely to reducing the maternal neo-natal and child mortality rates, which is a yard stick for the measurement of human development index.

The director of the hospital, Brother Dawoh expressed his profound appreciation to the Josephait congregation, his Lordship Bishop George Biggozi and Manos - Unidos for funding the construction.

He called on residents of the communities to enhance the continuity of the project by taking care of the complex.

Principal of the nursing school Michael M. Koroma said the school was set up in October 2007 and that the course will last for two and a half years and there are presently 43 students which include a male.

Several other people including Rev. Fr. John Pascal, Josephine I. Conteh and Augustine Conteh made meaningful contributions.

The building will comprise of four classrooms, a demonstration room, a library, a computer room, accounts office, staff common room and the principal's office.

Director of the Allied Construction and Maintenance Company (ALCOM) James Pearce said the work will be completed in three months.

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