In her relentless strides to boost the health sector, Mrs Isatu Timbo –Nwokedi a Sierra Leonean midwife from California, United States of America (USA) has handed over medical equipments worth $250,000 to the First Lady Sia Koroma at the Presidential Lodge in Freetown.
The donation is in line with the First Lady’s Women in Safer Health (WISH) initiative which aims at reducing the infant and maternity rate in Sierra Leone by the provision of adequate medical equipments and facilities for women in health centers and clinics.
The equipments include electrical and manual beds ,manual and mechanized walkers, three in one wheel chair, foetul adjustment for assessing the health of unborn child, Glucometers to test blood sugar levels of diabetic patients, uniforms, walking sticks, chairs and books for nursing students at Fourah Bay College (FBC) and Nursing School among others .
Led by the Matron of the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCHM), Roselyn Momoh, a conducted tour of the Hospital was made, wherein Isatu Timbo – Nwokedi was able to get a first hand information about the needs and problems of the hospital. She could not help but lament at the deplorable state of the hospital. Highlighting some of their constraints, the Matron said that “the hospital is virtually empty, with outdated equipments.
She disclosed that, “the Labour ward needs proper delivery sets, gloves and boots for nurses, protective clothing, drugs, adding that the worst of all is that the ward lacks sterilizers”.
After taking note of some of the constraints of the hospital, Mrs Timbo- Nwokedi promised to go all out to secure more medical equipments such as sterilizing kits for surgical operation.
Mrs. Timbo –Nwokedi who is a licensed registered nurse in the state of California, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of two Corporations in America, Giddas Home Help Services Inc and Care and Home Registry both based in California has committed to make her own contribution to the development of Sierra Leone.
The Licensed Registered Nurse said that the donation would make a difference, adding that it would go a long way in saving the lives of women and children in the country.
When asked whether she did it for political reasons, the philanthropist pointed out that, she had made a similar donation to the Northern Region during the SLPP regime and that she will continue to do so even when there is a change of government.
The Philanthropist noted that, dealing with poor people is her mission as this makes her happy. Mrs. Timbo Nwokedi disclosed that 90% of the funds used to buy the equipments came from her personally and the rest was through donations from hospitals, health centers and health suppliers in the USA.
She said that she is very proud to work with the First Lady, noting that she was impressed with her challenge in the fight towards reducing the high infant and maternal mortality rate in the country.
Mrs Timbo – Nwokedi also made a private donation of $100 to cover the cost of life saving surgery to one patient who has developed a severe complication during her pregnancy.
By Abibatu Kamara