UK Rotary Club Donate to Connaught Hospital in Sierra Leone
The UK Rotary Club has donated hospital equipment to the Connaught Hospital in Freetown worth approximately $100,000
The donation which took place at the hospital graced by medical expert including the Deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Gibrilla Fadlu Deen, Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgeon and Dr. Nick Boyd from the UK.
Presenting the donated items, Dr. Nick Boyd described the medical equipment as very important for Connaught Hospital and the entire country, adding that the donation marked the end of a two years project to provide pediatric anesthesia and surgical equipment for the country.
“These materials come from the Rotary Club in England and a charity called Kids Operating Room (Kids OR) with the aim to improve access and quality of surgical care for children in Freetown and the country as a whole”, said Dr. Boyd.
Dr. Boyd emphasized that the items would help every way to make operation in the theatre easy.
In his presentation, the Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgeon, Dr. Aiah Lebbie expressed appreciation over what he described as wonderful gift adding that he started the negotiation for the project with Rotary Club in England since 2015. He said the donation came at the right time for the fact that he said, they are useful utensils needed to run the Pediatric Surgery Theatre.
He said an anesthesia machine, operating light, operating tables, instruments used in theater for operation and other things nurses use in theatre such as trolleys, and suction machine, among others, are among the donated items.
The Deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Gibrilla Fadlu Deen said they were happy to receive what he called important gift from Rotary Club in UK in Collaboration with Rotary Club in Freetown and Kids OR.
“It is a very big boost to the hard work that is being done by our excellence Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Aiah Lebbie whom he said has single-handedly been helping to treat children with surgical problem in the entire country over the past few years”, he said and emphasized that Dr. Lebbie has saved many lives of children since he came back to the country. He reiterated that, Dr. Lebbie has been able to perform operations which were previously not done in Sierra Leone. He said one of the main limitations Dr. Lebbie had was the lack of equipment but in spite of that, he has been able to perform wonders.
“Now that he is receiving the appropriate equipment, he is going to save the Government of Sierra Leone”, said Dr. Deen and assured that Dr. Lebbie would now be able to perform most surgery cases which were being sent abroad. He discussed that Dr. Lebbie has skills in Pediatric Surgery that is comparable to any pediatric surgeon anywhere in the world. He concluded by describing the event as good news for every child in the country.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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