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First Dialysis Unit in Salone – “A Great Contribution to Service Delivery” – President Ernest Bai Koroma

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First Dialysis Unit in Salone – “A Great Contribution to Service Delivery” – President Ernest Bai Koroma

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Welcoming the Israeli team during a courtesy call on him, President Koroma at his Hill Station Presidential Lodge on December 20, 2016 described the Dialysis machine as a great contribution, adding that as a government they have been able to transform service delivery in the health sector. “You have endured us a nation and we are proud of you” says President Koroma. Sustainability, the President said is now the focus, and as a government would ensure the smooth running of the Dialysis Unit.

President Koroma maintained that even in the absence of the team, he would ensure a high level meeting towards making the unit a more viable life-saving institution.

Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on behalf of his people and government thanked the team and the Israeli government for the great support, adding that when confidence is built on the people Sierra Leoneans abroad would make use of the facility, and commended the Israel team and their local counterpart for the first successful operation conducted on the 29 year old lady who was almost giving up hope of survival.

Responding Team Leader Dr. Baratte Yusef said the efforts to establish the unit came as a result of the First Lady Madam Sia Nyama Koroma’s strides when she visited Israel and remain committed since then to achieve what is seen today as a Dialysis Unit.

He described the First Lady as the” Driving Force” between Sierra Leone and Israel and assured the President of their commitment to share their experience and skills with the Sierra Leone Medical team.

In a similar engagement with the First Lady at the Dialysis Unit at the Connaught Hospital and the Presidential Lodge, the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma described the event as an emotional moment and lauded the Israeli for the generosity in providing the Dialysis machines, describing Dialysis as a sophisticated science.

She told her audience that her passion for Dialysis started in 1997 during the inter-regnum when a relative was dialyzed between life and death and got associated with the machine and developed a passion.

The First Lady encouraged the Nephrologist and In-charge Dr. Soccoh Kabia and team to be committed and dedicated, and assured them of her husband’s support towards the sustainability of the unit.

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister I, Madam Madina Rahman described the functionality of the Dialysis machine as a blessing after decades of dreams, and advocated for capacity building of staff of the unit.

She also expressed the need for effective collaboration with line ministries: Energy, Water Resources, Agriculture and Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, adding that the various units: Intensive Care, Laboratory, Nutrition among others is very vital for the effective and efficient running of the Dialysis Unit.

Madam Rahman reiterated the First Lady’s commitment and passion for the establishment of the unit, and underscored the need to name the unit after the First Lady “Sia Nyama Koroma Dialysis Unit”.

The Nephrologist and In-charge, Dr Soccoh Kabia commended the First Lady for her relentless efforts in ensuring the establishment of the unit, maintaining that together with his team they would strive to give their best in ensuring effective and efficient service delivery to facilitate accessibility.

He reiterated the need for sustainability and greater inter-disciplinary collaboration with Surgeons, Dieticians, Social Workers, Medical Students Nephrologists and other key life- saving personnel.

Dr. Kabia also dilated on the need for adequate drugs and consumables and other logistics support.

Team Leader Dr. Baratt Yusuf described the current situation of the machine as a new born baby that needs water for its growth and development. The real situation, he said is a process and reiterated the need for the establishment for a line of supplies, professional dialogue among partners, a small Laboratory and other important options.

User fees to meet the standard of Sierra Leoneans after a study from the sub region also formed part of the meeting.         

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