PROGRAM: In Sierra Leone, Women Benefit From Free Health Care

Awareness Times
Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 19:00
Western Africa
Sierra Leone
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Human Rights
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A non governmental organization called Hope for Children Sierra Leone on Wednesday 5th January 2011 administered free treatment on diabetes and high blood pressure patients at the Tamba Kula Wharf, Man–of– War Bay, Aberdeen, Freetown.

In her statement, one of the founders of the organization, Nucy Lewally, noted that this programme was initiated by her late husband, Abdul Rahman Lewally, who died a year ago.

“We have been organizing this programme for the past three years in various areas across the country including Fourah Bay, Goderich, and the Fullah Town Communities,” she disclosed.

Mrs. Lewally called on all the residents to make use of the opportunity and get cured from diabetes and high blood pressure.

“We are complimenting President Koroma's agenda on the free health countrywide”, she said.

Lewally informed residents that the two doctors in the programme do diagnosis, prescribe medicines, administer medications and make referrals where necessary.

She commended Cross Links International for their support towards this organization, adding that they also donate used clothing to children in the communities mentioned. “Spiritual Counseling is also part of our programme,” she explained.

Ferah Korma, a pregnant woman cum beneficiary of the programme expressed elation to have benefited from such a laudable opportunity.

Another beneficiary, Ibrahim Conteh, a fisherman, said the treatment he has received will go a long way as he would use the drugs given to him to recover from the cold he has contacted during his sea trips.

Harbour Master at the wharf, Sheku Bangura said they are extremely happy for such a gesture, because most of the people in their wharf are always busy to an extent that they don't have time to go for medical checkups.

He called on other organization to emulate the good work of Hope for Children Sierra Leone.

Area Chairman Foday F. M. Mansaray described the gesture as laudable and timely.

Councilor for the Ward, Magarieu Tejan-Cole expressed happiness over the programme and hoped for similar programmes for the community.