Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a groundbreaking initiative by the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the mobile medical clinic has made its maiden voyage to Kabala and its surrounding areas, offering crucial healthcare services to residents for the first time.
Departing from Youyi Building on Thursday morning, three hospital-on-wheels buses embarked on a mission to provide medical assistance to communities in Kabala and Falaba. The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital on Wheels acknowledged challenges that had hindered visits to places like Kabala, Bonthe, and Karene in the past but expressed determination to showcase the clinic’s work in these hard-to-reach areas.
A unique approach will be employed during this visit, utilizing land cruisers, motorbikes, and even human backpacks to navigate challenging terrains where the buses can’t reach. The medical team, comprising doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and scientists, conducts comprehensive tests and screenings, followed by necessary treatments for patients.
“Over 95% of the diagnoses made here are treatable. We carry medications for most conditions we encounter, including trauma cases,” stated the Superintendent, emphasizing the clinic’s capacity to address various health issues.
Spending four days in each district, the buses aim to treat a substantial number of Sierra Leoneans, reaching out to those unaware of available healthcare services and those unable to seek medical help due to financial constraints.
Since its inception, over 40,000 individuals from diverse communities in Sierra Leone have benefited from the clinic, receiving treatment ranging from mild asthma attacks to severe heart conditions. Despite its impact, challenges such as funding, poor road networks, and lack of external power supply persist.
Acknowledging support from the Sierra Leonean Government and the Chinese Embassy, the Superintendent expressed plans to expand the initiative. Efforts are underway to add more advanced buses to ensure each district has access to these vital mobile clinics.
Deputy Minister Charles Senessie commended the team’s remarkable efforts, affirming the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring every Sierra Leonean has access to quality healthcare. He highlighted the initiative’s alignment with the concept of “health for all,” reflecting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Universal Health Coverage.
As part of the government’s dedication to supporting healthcare, the Deputy Minister pledged to provide necessary resources to continue delivering top-notch treatment to Sierra Leoneans.MJB/10/12/2023