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Water shortage at Rokupa Hospital
Patients at the Rokupa Government Hospital have gone weeks without water and electricity supply. Reports say patients and visitors had to buy water from the street to consume their medicines and for washing and laundering purposes. Reports say the hospital’s management has made several reports to authorities concerned but that nothing was yet to be done.
WASHNet calls for rural access to water
The civil society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (WASHNet) Sierra Leone has called one of the country’s water companies, SALWACO to provide clean drinking water for rural communities in much the same way councils are mandated by Local Government Act of 2004. Ansumana Soko, a member of WASHNet told a press conference in Freetown that local councils and the water company should stop the blame game and partner to provide the “badly-needed” resource for the rural people.
NaCSA, Immigration plot against irregular migration
The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) and the Sierra Leone Immigrations Department have joined together to curb irregular migration. NaCSA has presented electronic equipment worth millions of leones to the Immigrations Department to help the institution fight against irregular migration.
26 cartoons of free healthcare drugs stolen
26 cartoons of free healthcare drugs at the Port Loko Government Medical Store have been discovered missing. Six people have so far been arrested and placed in police custody as police continue the investigation. The stolen drugs and medical supplies discovered missing include Oral Rehydration Salts, Panadol, Gauze and other assorted drugs.
Ferry workers complaint over poor pay
Workers at M.V. Mahera and the Great Scarcies ferries are complaining over what they described as poor conditions of service. The workers accused the management of the ferries of not working in their interest. Some workers said they earn little over Le300,000 per month, which is not commensurate to the kind of work they do on a daily basis.
76 OSDs Suspended in 2013
A total of 76 police personnel attached to the Operations Support Division (OSD) of the Sierra Leone Police Force were suspended from duty in 2013. This was according to the OSD Deputy Director, Chief Superintendent Mohamed Kabba Conteh. He said twenty-three of which were dismissed after being found guilty by the Complaint Discipline Internal Investigations Department of the force for various criminal offences.
Man remanded for alleged Conspiracy
A 25-year-old man, Festus Mansaray has been remanded at the Pademba Road Prisons in Freetown after making his first appearance before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2. He was charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Felony and Robbery with Violence contrary to law. The matter was adjourned to 16th January 2014.
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