Salone UK doctor donates medical equipment to Cottage and Connaught Hospitals
Dr Idriss Sesay, a Sierra Leonean doctor based in the United Kingdom, has donated medical equipment to Cottage and Connaught Hospitals, a gesture which both hospitals greatly appreciated and called it timely. (Photo: Dr Sesay and Dr TB Kamara at Connaught Hospital grounds)
Prof. Tamira Runswe-Abiodun, Head of Department, Pediatrics, at Cottage Hospital who received the donation, said they are grateful and happy for the equipment because most of it is not available here – like the blood culture bottles for example.
“It will help the children here greatly,” said Prof Tamira, who is a Nigerian Consultant from the West African College of Physicians. “We however need more of these because we have close to 3,000 patients a month. Government can’t do it alone, so we need such good will gestures from people and organizations. For example, we were in short supply of oxygen concentrators, pulse oxymeters, and ventilators, among other items, which thankfully has now been donated to us by Dr. Sesay.”
It is not just medical equipment that is in short supply, she said, but doctors as well.
“We have 3 consultant doctors including myself, and there is one doctor who is presently in training, and sometimes 6, sometimes 3 house officers at a time here. We have no one to train except these college students. In truth we need more because if have close to 3,000 patients a month that tells you we need more children doctors and more consultants. And this is why accreditation from the West African College of Physicians is very needful but then without items like these ones that Dr. Sesay has donated they would not be meaningful.”
She thanked Dr Sesay and said the items will be closely monitored and used for the intended purpose.
At Connaught, Dr. Thaim Buya Kamara, Senior Medical Superintendent, said he is very happy, especially as this is not the first time Dr. Idriss Sesay is donating to Connaught Hospital.
“He has been doing it for the past three to four years. I mean we appreciate him because he is not like other people who come here and ask us about our needs, collect data, and don’t come again. We want to thank Dr. Idriss Kamara and all those who contributed to make this donation a success. Of course we will put this donation into good use,” he said.
Dr. Sesay said he feels grateful to be of help to these two referral hospitals, and it is a motivation to do more.
“And I am particularly grateful to my physician assistant at the YCR Hospital at Llwynypia, Linda Savagah. She made some of the donation. And I also want to thank all the staff at YC, including the pharmacy department, manager and staff of Ward C3; and, to all those who have continued to support in the various hospitals and centres of Cum Taf Local Health Board in Wales.”
Dr. Sesay said he wants to do the little he can to help because he grew up here and had a scholarship to be a doctor. “I want to pay back, and in all of this I am grateful to my family who supports me fully in all of this. It is true I don’t have much it is only that I am not selfish. And I hope other Sierra Leoneans outside might take the challenge to help our country in whatever way they can. Whatever they give will be appreciated here. Let us all come in and help,” Dr. Sesay said.
Donated items include nebulizers, insulin syringe, dressing packs, lithium tubes, feeding bowls, scrubs and bandages, needles, gloves, surgical masks, universal plane bottles, suction tubes, stool containers/collectors, plasters, oxygen masks, NKS tubes, sango pix, infusion giving set, blood culture bottles, space blanket, and syringes (20 mls, 40 mls, 60mls).
By Elias Bangura
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