A delegation representing Mercy Ships recently held a cordial meeting with His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, outlining their ambitious 10-month operation in Sierra Leone.
The delegation was led by the Minister of Health, Dr Austin Demby, and highlighted the arrival of their newest and largest vessel set to commence operations from tomorrow.
Addressing President Bio, Dr Austin Demby revealed that over 5,000 Sierra Leoneans had already registered for medical assistance through Mercy Ships. After thorough evaluation, approximately 2,350 individuals with critical medical conditions were identified and given priority by the medical team aboard the ship.
To ensure optimal care, a “Hope Centre” has been established at Macauley Street Hospital in Freetown. This center will serve as a transitional resting place for patients with severe health issues before they undergo surgeries on the ship.
Dr Demby also emphasized Mercy Ships’ collaboration with the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), which has provided medical training to local students. Additionally, plans are underway for the establishment of a Dentistry School in Sierra Leone, a collaborative effort that promises to strengthen the nation’s healthcare sector.
Expressing his anticipation, President Bio warmly welcomed the Mercy Ships delegation and conveyed his excitement about the imminent arrival of the ship. He commended the considerable number of Sierra Leoneans who have already registered for medical aid and extended his best wishes to the delegation for a productive stay in the country.
The forthcoming mission of Mercy Ships holds the promise of significant advancements in Sierra Leone’s healthcare landscape, reflecting a meaningful partnership between humanitarian efforts and national development.