Solomons’ National Hospital Lacks Adequate Security: CEO

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Solomons’ National Hospital Lacks Adequate Security: CEO Thefts of patients’ and staff’s belongings reportedly on the rise

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, August 2, 2013) – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands’ National Referral Hospital (NRH), Dr. George Manimu, yesterday admitted that the hospital does not have enough security officers at the hospital.

Dr. Manimu was responding to complaints from patients, relatives and staff of the hospital raised by this Newspaper, over the increase of stealing within from patients at the hospital.

He said there are not enough security officers to keep an eye on all wards and the hospital compound to determine who enters in the hospital with the intention to steal from patients and those working there.

"So far we only have around nine security officers who are responsible for manning the entrance, the wards and the compound. This is not enough for such a big hospital.

"We need at least twenty security officers, in order to keep a tight lid on people going in and out of the hospital."

Dr. Manimu also added that even medical staff have been complaining of their belongings having gone missing whilst on shift.

He said he is working closely with the Ministry to look into the matter.

Meanwhile patients and medical staff of the hospital have been urged to put their belongings at safe places and or keep an eye on their luggage.

[PIR editor’s note: Manimu says patients and staff of the hospital must be respected at all times, adding that NRH is often used as a meeting spot for people to loiter around.]

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