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November 25, 2022
The Levi Latham hospital in Mespo needs a gate

Editor: Allow me this space to share my concern on a matter of importance. The Levi Latham Hospital in Mespo is fenced, but, unfortunately, it does not have a gate. This is an urgent need that should not be left unattended.

Why? One, it will keep out dogs.

Presently, dogs roam the compound of the facility at will. Needless to say that they mess everywhere. It is unhealthy, notwithstanding an embarrassing sight to see how dogs and other animals make a mockery of the hospital. Upon entering the facility, and especially on early mornings, you have to be careful not to walk in dog mess. Imagine!

Two, a gate manned by a security guard will provide a source of comfort and security for workers and patients. Yes, the hospital is a public facility and should be easily accessible to those who need the services offered there. However, it is important to ensure that no one enters the compound who does not have a valid reason to be there. Case in point. It is alleged that about two or three weekends ago, a [mentally unstable] man walked onto the compound of the hospital and knocked on one of the doors upstairs. The male attendant, upon hearing the knock, frantically jumped up out of his sleep and immediately opened the door. The man went inside and patrolled up and down the section of the male and female wards.

He even took a phone from one of the patients. You can imagine how traumatic it was for those innocent patients and staff. It was not until the police arrived that the lunatic was apprehended and the situation brought under control. Thank God none of the patients and staff was hurt. It is hoped that such an incident does not happen again. But without proper protection, sadly, it is a possibility. If nothing justifies the need for the hospital to have a gate, this sure does.
It cannot be overemphasized that Mespo hospital needs a gate. The sooner, the better.

The Watch Dog