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Fullah Town: Jubilation over dialysis machine

By  | 4 May 2010 at 04:47 | 653 views

There was jubilation at Fullah Town, in Freetown, recently when a dialysis machine for the treatment of kidney ailments was put on public display.

In the past it was only Sierra Leoneans who could afford it that traveled abroad to get kidney treatment. The problem subjected many Sierra Leoneans to huge suffering and they consequently perished.

The Iranian Medical clinic which serves Fullah Town and its environs has now become the first non-governmental clinic to provide such service apart from Connaught Government Hospital which is the only one that has recently acquired such equipment.

In displaying the equipment to the public, an event which was witnessed by some government officials including ministers, the Iranian ambassador to Sierra Leone Dr. Nasratullah Maliki said, the donation of the equipment and computers to some government ministries was meant to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries. He expressed the hope that the gesture would immensely benefit the country. He also spoke of other assistance that Iran had given to other sectors over the past years.

He revealed that six Sierra Leoneans would be sent to Iran for training in operating the dialysis machines. He underscored the need of providing affordable health services to impoverished communities.

The Director of Medical Services in Sierra Leone Dr. Dao expressed deep gratitude for the provision of the equipment which he said came at the right time.

“We are grateful that Iran is responding to our requests when we need help”, he said adding that Iran’s help had gone a great way in improving the health sector. He said in the midst of water shortage in Freetown, the clinic had been providing water supply to its neighbours.

Dr. Rajabi said in complementing President Ernest Bai Koroma’s declaration of free medical treatment to lactating mothers, the clinic had started offering free medical treatment to lactating mothers. He said plans were underway to make the clinic offer twenty-four hour service to the community and to expand its services.

The Minister of State in the vice President’s Office Dr. Komba Kono said with the provision of the equipment people no longer have to travel abroad for treatment. “Kidney problems were affecting lots of people especially after the eleven years war."

Kono said with the provision of the equipment the clinic would no longer only serve the community but the rest of the country..

A leader of the community Yazir Zubiaru expressed gratitude and said their problems of traveling to government hospitals in the past were solved after the establishment of the clinic. He said not too long ago, before the establishemnt of the clinic, a boy died when they had no vehicle to convey him to hospital.

“But that was in the past”, he said.