Mercy Hospital celebrated its 10 year anniversary on October 17, 2017! A few of Mercy's key staff shared their thoughts about the hospital's past and future:
Dr. Kanneh, Chief Medical Officer “I feel delighted and proud to be part of the Mercy team on the 10th anniversary of Mercy Hospital. It has been really challenging over the years, challenges that we have faced with courage, determination, and hard work and have been able to succeed. We have proposed as a way of expanding Mercy Hospital to higher heights, by constructing an operating theatre. This is ongoing and thankfully it will be completed soon. Then we will have the opportunity of treating maternity cases who would otherwise be referred outside to other hospitals. Other surgical cases that we have turned away previously will also be able to be treated at our hospital. That will bring Mercy Hospital up to an even greater level. We appreciate and thank our partners and UMC annual conference for providing this facility to us and we cannot thank them enough for this wonderful duration period of the hospital.”
Jinnah Lahai, Hospital Administrator “I am happy that we have made it to 10 years and that I am part of this team. I am excited about Mercy becoming even more equipped and standardized as a hospital and with the new OR becoming one of the most effective hospitals in Sierra Leone. We are really on a good footing to become a very well-known hospital in Sierra Leone.“
Augusta Kpanabum, Head Matron “I just want to thank the almighty God for making us be alive to see Mercy’s ten years. We give thanks to God and the donors. We really want to appreciate all of the partners. I have been at Mercy for 3 years and Mercy has really made a big step forward already since I came. I am anxious to see the next step of Mercy with the opening of the OR. It is going to really make our work so much more effective to help those in the community. We can be very proud of having competent staff for the smooth running of the hospital. The outreach department has really improved and we have two wonderful CHOs that are working very hard to improve Mercy. We pray that the good Lord will continue to strengthen us all to continue the work.
George Mbayo, Lab Supervisor “I thank God so much for my life being at Mercy Hospital since the opening. I am so proud of Mercy, it is like my baby. In the beginning of Mercy onto now, things are still moving in the right direction. There has been much improvement. Our plans and strategies have been there from the beginning and are really being implemented well. A vision that I want the hospital to move towards is getting an x-ray and dental unit to add up to our departments. The OR is about to finish so we are excited for that and the possibility of adding more staff to increase the abilities of Mercy."
We are so proud of our dedicated staff, and deeply grateful to the many generous donors who have helped Mercy become an essential resource for excellent and compassionate health care in the Bo community and surrounding villages.
These photos were taken of pediatric burn patient, Abu Bakarr Kanu, after he returned to Mercy from his school, just a few steps away. Because Mercy is continuing to monitor his condition, Abu Bakarr sleeps at Mercy, and receives meals there, which is helping him to gain the weight he needs to have in order to be ready for surgery scheduled sometime next year. Not skin graft surgery, these surgeries will focus on releasing the contracted muscles in his legs, to allow him to walk more normally.
Abu Bakarr loves the caring staff at Mercy, but more than that, he loves his school uniform, and being able to attend school with his friends - a lot of whom are kids in the CRC programs. After school he can be found enjoying a snack and some silliness on the porch of the triage building, with 4 or 5 other boys his age. His smiles come so easily these days!
The Child Rescue Centre recently welcomed twenty primary students to the Child Support Program, who are attending school for the first time in Fengehun, a small village near Bo. This week CSP Coordinator David Musa led a small team to visit the school, where they were warmly welcomed by the head master, teachers and students. The kids were so excited to meet the visitors and show them their classroom.
Fengehun is a small village on Mercy Hospital's circuit of outreach clinics, so it was a natural choice for the expansion of the Child Support Program. The families are grateful to be able to send their children to school for the first time.
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