Health focus: Hernia

Bombali District is experiencing an increase in hernia medical condition. Caused by strain and muscle weakeness as result of hard work, it is most common in the rural communities where manual labour is custom to daily life.

Access to quality health care services continues to be a challenge for many Sierra Leoneans. With Magbenteh Community Hospital as the first health facility between Lunsar and Makeni, we continue to see a growing number of patients being treated for hernia, a completely curable condition.

A hernia is most common the abdomen but they can also appear in the upper thigh and groin areas, caused when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle which holds the organ in place. Without surgical interference a hernia can create extremely dangerous complications.

Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia in Sierra Leone, more common in men than in women. Found in the groin area, the intestines push through the lower abdominal wall.

A second type of hernia is a hiatal hernia, most common in patients over 50 years old, separating the organs in your abdomen from those in your chest.

By providing access to surgical care for adult patients with hernias, we are able to address the burden of this medical condition to improve both the limitations of daily activity for the population of Sierra Leone as well as the prevention of complications.