Getting Tougher to Convey Drugs to Clinics in Lofa

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Due to deplorable conditions of bridges and steep rocky hills to the town of Fassavolu in Kolahun District, Lofa County, conveying of needed drugs to the health post continues to worsen by the day.

The Daily Observer was informed recently by the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Fassavolu Community Clinic, Mr. Perrison Y. Flomo.

OIC Flomo pointed out that owing to the proximity of the clinic to towns in Guinea, patients load has dramatically increased as the health post sometimes encounter shortages of essential drugs to meet the growing demands by citizens and foreign residents.

Mr. Flomo also explained that due to the very nature of the road that leads to the location of the clinic, transferring critically-ill patients sometimes becomes an uphill task because they (patients) are most times left at the mercy of motorcyclists and non road worthy vehicles.

Other challenges facing the clinic, OIC Flomo indicated the lack of space to accommodate out patients, bathrooms, latrines and reliable and clean water source.

Toping those challenges are salaries and incentives deliveries, which he said delay.

He also stated that other impediments being faced by the health outfit include and not limited to lack of transport and communication facilities such as two-way based radio for emergency cases with the referral hospital in Kolba City in Kolahun District.

He further intimated that other constraints include lack of delivery and dressing sets, poor record system due to lack adequate medical supplies, no motivation, low salaries and insufficient prenatal care materials.

The Fassavolu Community Clinic OIC was, however, quick to state that the MOHSW sometimes ago installed some reliable solar panels intended to enhance the medical services during night hours.

Asked about diseases frequently diagnosed at the clinic, OIC Flomo intimated malaria, pneumonia, sexually transmitted infections and “high tension headache.”

Commenting on the number of patients that come to the clinic daily, he stated that at least 35 to 37 sick persons are seen by the clinic’s staff.

“If there are sufficient drugs at this clinic, we sometimes treat about 50 to 55 out patients everyday of each week at the Fassavolu Community in the Kolahun District,” OIC Flomo asserted.

Throwing light on the birth statistics, OIC Flomo said in January 2013 six safe deliveries were carried out by staff and three were successfully done in February.

He disclosed that clinic administration has undertaken the construction of another building on a self-help basis under the auspices of the citizens and residents’ support.

He then appealed to the Government, support partners and non-governmental organizations to help with funds and materials such as cement, zinc, steel rods and planks.

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