Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital

(JollofNews) -As Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) is the main referral hospital of the country, which receives critical patients from the other health facilities in the country and also being a place where doctors and other health workers are expected to be trained on the best standards of patient care, one would think that it will be given due attention by any government that considers itself fit to preside over the affairs of the people.

Unfortunately for our country, this has not been the case under the former government of Yahya Jammeh and so far nothing has changed under the new Coalition government of Adama Barrow either. Since the new government took over and the subsequent appointment of the Health Minister, the situation at EFSTH which was inherited from the former regime is getting worse by the day without any effort being seen to be done by the government to improve it. Almost two months after her appointment, we are yet to know who our Health Minister is. She didn’t come even once to see how things are going on at the hospital and what problems we are faced with daily in our work. It is said that knowing a problem is one step towards solving it.

The prevailing situation under our current Chief Medical Director Professor Khalil is deplorable to say the list.
The unwise decision of making Professor Khalil as the CMD of EFSTH was made during the time President Jammeh. I believe they settled on professor Khalil because of the fact that none of our able professionals at the time were unwilling to accept an offer due to the irrational behavior of President Jammeh who was used to firing people from their jobs for no good reasons.

Thanks to Professor Khalil and Yahya Jammeh the whole hospital is in shambles. There is a shortage of almost everything ranging from bulbs for lighting the rooms, thread, oil and sewing needles for tailors, welding machines for welders, spare parts for very essential and expensive machines, bed sheets for patients, absorbent gauze and other essential consumables. How can we continue to operate under this condition without the tools to do our work and yet expected to deliver quality services to our people? What kind of doctors and health professionals do we expect to produce when they are learning and being trained in such an environment?

Whenever one makes a request to the hospital authorities for almost anything, the only response is that there is no money.
The coalition Government of Mr Barrow needs to act fast now if they have any desire to redeem the situation in this very important national institution unless if they intend to have it closed.

From A Concerned Staff