Once EMERGENCY’s Surgical Center opened in Goderich, the need for a pediatric OPD soon became evident. Huge numbers of children were arriving at the hospital in need of treatment for respiratory tract infections, malaria and malnutrition.
In 2002, a Outpatient Pediatric Department was opened adjacent to EMERGENCY’s Surgical Center.
An average of 1,300 children are treated every month at the center. Principally treated are cases for cerebral malaria, severe respiratory insufficiency and acute anemia. These patients are transferred to the adjacent hospital.
Since 2005, the OPD staff also runs a project for the prevention of malnutrition. Courses provide education on hygiene and nutrition to mothers, while children are undergoing treatment.
In June 2008, in collaboration with Parma University (Italy), EMERGENCY began implementing a new protein rich food program for malnourished children, made with ingredients easily available in Sierra Leone.
GODERICH PEDIATRIC CENTER KEY FACTS
Date opened: April 2002
Number of Surgical Outpatient Consultations: 147,462
Number of Surgical Patients Admitted: 11,880
Activities: Pediatrics, Treatment for Tropical and Infectious Diseases
Capacity: 16 beds
National staff: 8
Facilities: 2 Consultation Rooms, 16-bed Medical Ward and Shared Auxiliary Services with the Surgical Center.
Data as of December 2012