Concord Times (Freetown)

27 January 2009

Sierra Leone: Kenema Hospital Undergoes Toilet Rehab

Kenema — The Kenema district development mission, a group of Sierra Leoneans based in the United States, has commenced the rehabilitation of the deplorable state of the toilets at the government hospital following persistent cries from patients and members of the public for the facilities to be improved.

Chairman of the group, Francis Samba said as Sierra Leoneans and natives of the district, it should be their responsibility to always come to the aid of the community, especially on developmental matters.

He said the toilet condition, as reported by the hospital management, has been appalling, thus making it compelling for them to intervene and solve the problem.

"We are currently residing in the USA but we are very concern about the health of our people and the community. The toilet project, which is worth about Le7 million, will greatly benefit members of the hospital; we will continue to help whenever the need arises," he said.

Samba recalled that last year the mission successfully constructed the Hero's Squire and also donated drugs and books to the district council for distribution to health centers and schools. He disclosed that his mission has also been engaged in the award of scholarship to school pupils in the district.

Mayor of the Kenema city council, Chief Brima Kargbo lauded the organization for its timely intervention to upgrade the standard of the hospital and the district at large. He appealed to the doctors and nurses to properly monitor the use of the facility.

Medical superintendent, Samuel Sesay thanked the mission for the good work done, describing their intervention as timely, since the construction of the flush toilets will be a source of relief to both patients and the hospital staff.

Sesay assured the group that the toilets would be properly maintained.

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