In one of the several infrastructural project launches in his local presidential trail in Kailahun District, President Julius Maada Bio on Sunday, November 21 turned the sod for the construction of an ultra-modern hospital in Jojoima town, Malema Chiefdom.
Addressing local dignitaries and people, President Bio said he was happy to be with them; and that he was particularly appreciative of their support to the SLPP and their belief in his New Direction administration.
“I am more so excited to turn the sod for the construction of a hospital that will cater for the wellbeing of not only the people of Malema Chiefdom but the district as a whole,” he expressed; saying as president of the nation, he wanted to ensure that the handiwork of his government was felt in every district.
“I am doing so because you the people are at the centre of my leadership,” he posited as he encouraged them to embrace the project as they have done with the free, quality education program implementation.
On the issue of the girl child education, the president entreated parents to allow their girl children to school and discourage the practice of giving them away into early marriage, noting that when a girl child is educated there will be rapid growth in the development of that community or locality.
Minister of Health and Sanitation, Professor Alpha Tejan Wurie, commended the people for their willingness to own the project. He said he was impressed with the people of Jojoima, saying from what he was seeing, they were very progressive.
He spoke on the importance of such a modern facility in that part of the country, noting that the hospital would serve all purposes just like any other hospital in the big towns and cities.
Giving an overview of the hospital project, the Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr Thomas Samba, disclosed that the structure would cater to pregnant women and lactating mothers and their children. He said the facility will also include laboratory and blood bank units, surgery, and an isolation centre that would be used in an event of an emergency disease outbreak.
Additionally, the CMO said the hospital would have a morgue facility and staff quarter that would host doctors and nurses as part of the President’s agenda for human capital development.
Earlier, the president and his entourage were given a rousing welcoming by the people. In his welcome address, Paramount Chief Lamin Pamly Ngevao thanked President Bio for the visit, saying it was a historic one that his people would live to appreciate.
He also thanked stakeholders from the chiefdom working in the SLPP government for standing with them in time of need as he promised that they will own the project and give all necessary support for its implementation.