lack of resident doctors (surgeons) in Soma and Kuntaur Major Health Centres
has made surgical operations in the various operation theatres virtually
According to Alfusainey Manneh, the officer-in-charge of Soma Health Centre, their operation theatre has the state-of-the-art equipment “but it has not been operational because of non-availability of surgeon”.
He disclosed that at the moment, most surgery related cases are referred to Farafenni General Hospital, noting that if the facility gets a surgeon the theatre would commence operation.
He further disclosed that Soma Major Health Centre is the main referral health facility in the region as it has the best theatre in the region. He then added that some of the cases brought to the facility are being managed and handled professionally.
He expressed gratitude to the UNFPA for its support, especially in the supply of family planning commodities, adding that the UNFPA has assisted the facility in upgrading the theatre and also donated an ambulance and motorbike to the facility.
He, however, remarked that the facility is in dire need of staff members and a well-maintained blood bank.
According to Ensa Jarju, a registered nurse at Kuntaur Major Health Centre, the UNFPA has in the past assisted them with some financial and material support meant to refurbish and equip Kuntaur Major Health Centre, including the operating theatre.
He said the fact that there is no resident doctor at the place, the theatre becomes dysfunctional, noting that they do receive a lot of cases relating to gynecology.
He also said that four midwives were deployed to the facility, but presently the facility has one midwife because of constraints.
He pointed out that the facility is also faced with shortage of drugs and mobility problem, adding that the facility has one ambulance which services about 20 catchment areas.
He explained that the ambulance is being used for the purposes of referrals and treks, adding that they sometimes have deliveries at night.
Mr Jarju revealed that the facility is equipped with youth friendly activities. He said they usually embark on sensitisation campaigns, as he lamented the lack of community radio station in the area.
He expressed gratitude to UNFPA for the support it has rendered to the facility, including the availability of family planning commodities.
At Niani Sukuta outreach station, Lamin S. Camara, a public health officer disclosed that the village access to health services from the reproductive and child health services is scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month.
He revealed that some of the health indicators are poor, especially in the area of sanitation, adding that some community doesn’t have and use latrines.
He pointed out that people just go to the backsides and excrete, noting that the health team is making efforts to discourage it.