In the mist of healthcare challenges, especially following the introduction of the government’s Free Healthcare Programme four years ago, a well-meaning Sierra Leonean organisation based in the United States of America; the Leone Sisters United, has donated medical supplies worth $ 2,000 to the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH).
Health workers at PCMH showed a mood of gratification over the gesture from Leone Sisters, taking into effect the timely arrival of the items, and the embarrassment they had faced in handling critical cases in the absence of such vital medical items.
The supplies, which included a large consignment of hand gloves, pulse oximeter, a digital thermometer, wheel chairs to name but a few, were handed over to hospital management in the presence of medical doctors, matrons and other support staff.
The Vice President of Leone Sisters, Monjama Kongo said that the three year old organisation, which membership mostly comprises nurses, has been craving to provide health care assistance to the hospital, especially in areas where there have been deficiencies in service delivery.
She said that the aim of the organisation is not only to provide medical supplies to hospitals and clinics but to complement the effort of professionals in the hospitals in the area of screening for diabetes, high blood pressure, among others, to patients who cannot afford such services.
She pointed out that the items were bought through fund-raising programmes in states such as Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where the organisation has its office. She assured that their organisation is always ready to provide support where the need arises.
Matron Ruby Williams, while receiving the items said that management dearly appreciates the largesse from Leone Sisters, taking into cognisance their importance in handling health -related issues, and the huge cost involved in buying them.
More significantly, she noted, blood pressure machine is very expensive, and as a result, the hospital mostly uses one such machine to attend to at least ten patients.
She said that the other items are equally of immense importance to the hospital and that their provision is seen as a complete relief to them.
The Matron proffered that if organisations such as Leone Sisters could provide a vital support such as that to the hospital, then the country’s appalling healthcare report will be ameliorated.
By Poindexter Sama
Tuesday May 20, 2014