By Musa Kamara
In a letter written by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation- Morie Momoh, dated 11th March 2021, and addressed to Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, Consultant Pathologist- Mortuary Department, Connaught Hospital in Freetown, clearly mentioned that Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma has been suspended as Consultant Pathologist for the Connaught Hospital mortuary service, with immediate effect.
The suspension of Dr. Owizz as he is popularly called came about as result of the total breakdown of the morgue’s cooling system that apparently left bodies as trash in the morgue’s parlor, and as well as the bodies of 40 destitute left to rot in the morgue’s ‘dis-functional refrigerated container.’
It was clearly mentioned that before this time, Dr. Owizz has been summoned by the Minister of Health and Sanitation to give a detailed explanation about the mortuary’s state and proffer recommendations for the way forward.
“You deliberately refused to honour this invitation and no reason was provided for not attending the scheduled meeting with the Hon. Minister,” the PS stated in the letter.
PS Morie Momoh emphasized that such action by Dr. Owizz can be regarded as ‘complete disrespect for authority and can be interpreted as insubordination and none recognition of the authority of the Hon. Minister.’
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Permanent Secretary sternly mentioned that Dr. Owizz is requested to make available to the Hospital Secretary all government properties, equipment and any other related items at his possession belonging to the Government of Sierra Leone. For a better understanding about the personality of Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma- He has been in the field of pathology for many years, serving Sierra Leone. He is an acclaimed personality who has built his image through hard work and dedication.