Each day the staff at the Greatest Goal Ministries clinic work hard and save lives. Each day they are exposed to a multitude of germs and bacteria. Each day they go beyond the basics to provide exceptional health care services to the community they serve. These are local Sierra Leone health care workers who have been further empowered by teaching and mentoring from the US medical teams that travel to Sierra Leone. They are payed a stipend above their government wages.
The government wages in Sierra Leone for health care workers is very small and often months will pass with no salary by the government. In fact today, March 9, the Community Health Officers or CHo's (a CHO is similar to a Nurse Practitioner with prescribing authority) in Sierra Leone have gone on strike due to lack of pay. This means the few medical clinics and hospitals staffed with trained medical personnel able to diagnose are virtually shut down. This is devastating in a country where health care is marginal at best.
But thanks to donations from the public, GGMUSA is able to pay our staff at the clinic a stipend above the government wages. Our staff is working through the strike to continue providing free medical care, laboratory tests, and medications to the people of Sierra Leone.
I am so proud of our staff and their dedication to their profession. Below is a narrative by our clinic director about a recent patient treated at the GGM clinic. I believe it fully illustrates the quality of care we provide and how desperately we need your continued support. Thank you
"If it were not for this clinic, I would have certainly lost my life. But thank God for the free care GGM clinic is giving to this community especially for us that cannot afford to pay. God bless the providers!" GGM Clinic patient Mohamed
This is Mohamed's story as told by our clinic director, PhilipSesay.
NAME: Mohamed Fornah
DIAGNOSIS:Diarrhea and vomiting with marked dehydration.
Mohamed was brought to the clinic by a friend called Michael and accompanied by his wife and friends. He was almost dying when he was rushed to the examination room for resuscitation. I/V line established and an infusion was started. At that time, he was still passing frequent stool, weak and cold and clammy skin observed.
With the aid of the clinic staff, Mohamed was rapidly rehydrated and vital signs returned to normal. After he was stabilized, his medical history was obtained from his wife and Michael, his friend. According to them, they said, he was taken to the National referral Center called Connaught Hospital, where care was poor for this gentle man. They also said, if this patient would have stayed for the next few minutes, they would have lost him.
He was observed for hours at the clinic before closing for the day. But the idea of taking him home was not welcomed by the clinic director. As a result, accommodation was secured at the National Rehabilitation CentreDormitory, where he stayed for two nights with proper monitoring and rehydration during the day. The overnight stay of patients is not a normal occurrence at the GGM clinic as we are not set up for such care although we are capable of providing such care.
Mohamed so appreciated the life saving clinic at this Center and more so, because it is done on a cost free basis, Michael commented. Michael is from Germany supporting a program with the polios in Freetown.
Michael later took Mohamed back to Connaught Hospital for re-admission as the GGM clinic facility is not prepared for long term overnight patient care. The Clinic Director made several visits to evaluate his progress. One month later, he was discharged home in an improved condition. The thing that impressed the clinic was that, the gentle man returned to say thanks in bringing back his life to normalcy.
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