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Skye Bank promotes health in Sierra Leone

Skye Bank promotes health in Sierra Leone

In a bid to promote President Koroma’s free health care initiative, Skye Bank November 29th donated a cheque of Le 12 million (twelve million leones) to medical doctors assigned to the Epilepsy Clinic at Connaught Hospital.

While presenting the cheque, the Chairman Board of Directors Skye Bank, Dr. Patrick Coker, maintained it is the bank’s desire to eradicate epilepsy from among lactating mothers, pregnant women and under five children countrywide.

He noted however that the donation is among the numerous assistants Skye Bank Sierra Leone has been doling out to organizations in the enhancement of the health sector to attaining the set millennium development goals.

That persons suffering from epilepsy, he said, are at most times not accepted by society and have been left to languish as outcasts.

He said however that reason to such happenings has been as a result of poor awareness, uncalled for cultural beliefs, etc.

It could be recalled that Sierra Leoneans are of the opinion that the epilepsy is a disease that is incurable.

But to Skye Bank, the disease is curable notwithstanding the costly nature of its required drugs.

“Our intention at Skye Bank is to cushion the cost in the treatment of persons, particularly lactating mothers, pregnant women and under five children,” Dr. Coker said.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the epilepsy clinic, Dr. Lisk however commended Skye Bank for their kind gesture in humanly supporting the clinic, stating that even though the free health care initiative provides drugs at cost recovery for lactating mothers, pregnant women and children under five, patients of epilepsy and who are not in the above mentioned categories of persons do not at all benefit same.

He said as at present there are no cost effective drugs for epilepsy patients, and that the quota they’ve been using are locally sourced.

In his measurements, the coordinator of the epilepsy association, Max Bangura said the association was established in February of 2010. He stated however that the association since then is constrained in sourcing of drugs for its targeted group.

“We appreciate Skye Bank Sierra Leone for considering persons suffering from epilepsy in honouring their task responsibility as in their business policy,” Max said.

He called on other business organizations to emulating Skye Bank Sierra Leone and help provide drugs for people sufferings from epilepsy. 

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