The COVID-19 pandemic also has hit Sierra Leone. Even worse the first hospital in the northern region of Sierra Leone was the hospital of City Garden Clinic (CGC), the hospital which Smarter-Hospital supports. Because of one patient with COVID-19 the CGC needed to be isolated for 2 weeks and no new patients could be admitted.
In cooperation with CGC and our Dutch partner Wilde Ganzen we set-up a new project, to protect the employee’s of CGC and keep the CGC open in case of new COVID-19 patient. Our partner Wilde Ganzen set up a special Corona fund where organizations could apply for support of initiatives and projects to contain the spread of the virus and get it under control. For approved projects the applying organization has to raise half of the required funding and Wilde Ganzen will donate the remaining 50%.
With the Corona pandemic there was a big need for more isolation rooms while the construction of the waste facility, which was orginal part of Renovation CGC phase 1, became more urgent.
All in all this led to now 3 projects which all are supported by Wilde Ganzen.
Project 1: Preparing City Garden Clinic for the fight against Corona
The project under the Wilde Ganzen Corona fund, worth € 50,000 consists of three sub-projects
- Construction of an isolation facility with a capacity of 8 beds in a separate building
- Construction of a fenced off waste processing facility with a medical waste incinerator, a closed pit for ashes, a closed pit for needles and sharps and a closed pit for placenta and body tissue. The facility is located on a plot of land belonging to the hospital outside Makeni
- Acquisition of a large supply of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning materials and hospital furniture (beds etc.) for the isolation rooms.
For the construction activities Mosmed Construction & General Services was contracted with the contract signed in June 2020 while the actual construction started in July after some delay due to the then prevailing Corona travel restrictions in Sierra Leone. The project is finished in November 2020.