Explore the different departments that make up Masanga Hospital!
The Emergency Unit
The brand new EU, completed in 2022 with support from AFAS, has separated male and female wards, a high dependancy area and an attached x-ray unit. It has more than doubled the hospitals capacity to managed acutely unwell adults.
Masanga's busy outpatient department sees hundreds of patients each month presenting with a range of acute and chronic conditions. Its largely run the community health officers.
There are three functioning operating theatres in Masanga. Tuesdays and Thursdays are planned theatre days with an emergency on call team available 24/7. Via the dutch organisation, Capacare, Masanga hospital plays a key role in a national surgical training programme.
The 22 bed paediatric ward frequently manages cases of severe malaria, respiratory diseases and severe acute malnutrition (SAM). The newly established paediatric training programme, supported by German Doctors, has overseen huge improvements since 2021 including a new CPAP machine.
Around 500 babies are safely delivered in the maternity ward every year. Sadly, Sierra Leone still has amongst the highest maternal and neonatal mortality rates worldwide. The developing maternity outreach project aims to deliver antenatal care further afield.
The four separated rooms in the isolation unit are designed to be able to safely deliver care to patients admitted with infectious diseases requiring separation from other vulnerable patients. Most commonly this is tuberculosis, but may include COVID-19 or viral haemorrhagic fevers.
Huge improvements in the laboratory over the last year has significantly increased the diagnostic capabilities at Masanga. All common haematology and biochemistry blood tests are now available as well as microscopy, PCR testing for sexually transmitted diseases and Genexpert for TB diagnosis. Through the support Masanga Medical Research Unit, we are now able to do blood cultures - an invaluable test for diagnosing and establishing the correct antibiotics for blood stream infections.
Clinical Skills Lab