Emmanuel Moriba (7 months) was identified on the Mattru on the Rail outreach. He was acutely malnourished and had a fever and coughing for three days. He was given medicine and enrolled into the nutrition program. After two months in the program, he was discharged this month.
His mother, Kadijatu, says, “I was really worried with my child’s condition. I heard that the Mercy Hospital Outreach team will visit our village and I brought him to see them. Thank God, he will well now. They are really caring."
Foday Koroma Jr. (12 months) is enrolled in Mercy Hospital’s Nutrition Program, and has been receiving Pikinmix (a healthy meal supplement) when Mercy’s Outreach team comes to his village each month.
On a recent trip, the Outreach staff discovered that Foday had a runny nose, cough, and headache. Mercy Outreach staff were able to quickly diagnose and treat him for an acute respiratory infection.
According to his mother, Florence, “I am very happy with the medication. I really saw great improvement. I am impressed with Mercy and the free treatment.
One year old Moserray was recently brought to Mercy Hospital recently by his extremely concerned mother and father. The Mercy staff quickly observed that Moserray was extremely malnourished and admitted for evaluation and treatment. In addition to malnutrition, Moserray was diagnosed with malaria. He had a high fever and difficulty breathing.
The staff treated Moserray for malaria and referred him to the Government Hospital, where he will receive more intensive care for the malnutrition than Mercy can provide. The government hospital often runs out of critical medicines, so Mercy will ensure the family has everything their child needs to heal.
Child: Mary, 14 months
Mother: Musu, a teacher
"My child was very sick when I brought her for treatment to the outreach team for the first time. She was having cold, severe fever and loss of appetite for three days. My child was treated free of cost and she was enrolled in the Nutrition program and supplied the pikin mix for the first time. Now she has received four packets before discharged from the program."
Aminata, 15 months
Mother: Mamie, a housewife
"My child was very sick and had loss weight in the previous months and we heard of the Mercy outreach team visiting our community last month and they treated my child and enrolled her in the nutrition program. The child`s health is very good and now my child is due for discharge because she is very healthy now with no complains of fever nor headache. I am very thankful for the free medications given to our children because the cost of drugs is expensive so therefore we appreciate the effort of both Mercy Hospital outreach team and partners that fund this program for us and our children."
Tenneh, 8 months
Mother: Isata, a farmer
"My child has taken the pikin mix supply (Benemix) three times and her body structure has increased as compared to the first months when the enrolled her in the nutrition program. She is very strong and her weight has also increased. When she is ill we get free treatment form the Mercy Hospital outreach team free of cost and this free treatment is really helping our children and us in this communities. I want to thank the Mercy Hospital outreach team and the partners that sponsors the various programs."
Osman, 16 months
Mother: Aminata, a housewife
"My child has received six packets of pikin mix since I was enrolled in the program. Now his weight is high and he is very strong and healthy. The outreach team and the Mercy Hospital have been very helpful in supplying the pikin mix and giving me health talks on personal hygiene and method of preparing the pikin mix for consumption by my child. We are very grateful for the free services rendered to us every month in our community."