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Connaught Hospital is a ‘Death Trap’

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Connaught Hospital is a ‘Death Trap’

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Journalist Tejan Jalloh who has been in the Wards attending to his sick relative for weeks now, there have been little or no doctor or nurse presence in any of these wards to attend to patients.

“My sister who has been at the hospital for a week past is in a very critical condition and none of the doctors are around to see her. Every day, two or more patients died in those Wards.” Tejan Jalloh stated.

It is now an open secret that the Connaught hospital is not up to international standards because it lacks specialized staff, equipment, bed capacity and funding.

Isatu Kamara, Matron in Charge of the hospital recently told newsmen that the hospital has enough nurses to handle basic care for patients, but it needs more specialists such as surgeons, physicians, dentists, oncologists, and more.

“We need specialists in all areas.” Given the recent Ebola crisis, she said, it’s especially important to have more nurses and doctors trained in infectious diseases, adding that the hospital has only two trained physicians on staff – the rest are retired but work on contract.

Kamara said the hospital needs more funding from international partners to train staff, noting that the hospital also has a shortage of X-ray and lab equipment, and beds and that this is because it was built by British colonists in 1911.

She said: “Looking at the population of Freetown now, the bed capacity is small as the hospital is 300 beds, and we need expansion.

Front view of the Connaught hospital

 

A cross section of patients in the ward

Sierra Leone’s major referral hospital, the Connaught Hospital has been described as a “Death Trap” and one of the world’s most deplorable state medical facilities.

According to a renowned journalist, Salieu Tejan Jalloh – Publisher for the Times Newspaper told AYV that Wards 9 and 10 are of the hospital are two of the most terrible wards to be admitted as a patient. He said doctors and nurses assigned to attend to patients in these Wards have been abandoning patients even when they are in critical conditions.

Journalist Tejan Jalloh who has been in the Wards attending to his sick relative for weeks now, there have been little or no doctor or nurse presence in any of these wards to attend to patients.

“My sister who has been at the hospital for a week past is in a very critical condition and none of the doctors are around to see her. Every day, two or more patients died in those Wards.” Tejan Jalloh stated.

It is now an open secret that the Connaught hospital is not up to international standards because it lacks specialized staff, equipment, bed capacity and funding.

Isatu Kamara, Matron in Charge of the hospital recently told newsmen that the hospital has enough nurses to handle basic care for patients, but it needs more specialists such as surgeons, physicians, dentists, oncologists, and more.

“We need specialists in all areas.” Given the recent Ebola crisis, she said, it’s especially important to have more nurses and doctors trained in infectious diseases, adding that the hospital has only two trained physicians on staff – the rest are retired but work on contract.

Kamara said the hospital needs more funding from international partners to train staff, noting that the hospital also has a shortage of X-ray and lab equipment, and beds and that this is because it was built by British colonists in 1911.

She said: “Looking at the population of Freetown now, the bed capacity is small as the hospital is 300 beds, and we need expansion.

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