Sierra Leone News: Diarrhea outbreak in Foidu

Community Health Unit in Foidu,  Lower Bambara Chiefdom

Community Health Unit in Foidu,
Lower Bambara Chiefdom

The Maternal Community Health Aid (MCHAID), Milicent Hawa Bonia, in charge of the Community Health Centre in Foidu Mamema in the Lower Bambara Chiefdom, Kenema, said, “After the flooding on 21 June 2017 in Foidu, we have started receiving cases of diarrhea among other sickness like malaria, pneumonia and typhoid.” She said Foidu health centre lacks safe drinking water, toilet facilities and is now overcrowded.
She continued, “The Centre lacks furniture and we have no electricity. I use the Chinese light for delivering babies and we don’t have essential drugs at the moment. The Centre has one bed for women in labour. Sometimes lactating mothers lay on the floor until they are due to go home. The labour room is equipped with outdated equipment. Staffing is minimal. There is no Traditional Birth Attendance (TBA), cleaner and no porter attached to the Centre. The freezer at the Centre solar-powered.
The Health Centre has eight catchment villages including Foidu and Godama,10 kilometres away.
By Saffa B. Moriba
Awoko, Friday July 28, 2017.

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