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Freetown’s Christ the King Hospital receives Spanish medical mission

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone––Eight Spaniard Medical Doctors from Malaga, Spain, have successful conducted free medical surgeries at the Christ The King Hospital, in Kissy Town, Waterloo.

The 125 cases operated on during the successful medical mission in Sierra Leone include hernia and appendicitis as well as similar medical complications that are common amongst men. Since 2017, Caritas Freetown has facilitated free surgeries by Spaniard Doctors. About 80 cases were successfully treated in 2017, about 90 cases in 2018 and about 125 cases done this year. More cases are expected to be treated in the coming years, Caritas Freetown Authorities have assured. The Spaniard Medical Team has been moving to various African Countries providing free services to poor people that cannot afford to meet the high medical costs.

Caritas Freetown Execuive Director Father Peter Konteh with the head of the medical mission

Father Peter Konteh is the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown Sierra Leone. He told this press on that the Christ The King Hospital belongs the Catholic Mission providing services to the poorest of the poor. “It is a Children’s Hospital that is also providing services to poor adults.  He described the free surgeries conducted as part of one of his organization’s core mission, which is to ensure a healthy life. 

“Our vision is to help the poorest of the poor,” he said and added that he is happy that they are complimenting the effort of government.

Father Konteh who presented certificates of appreciation to the medical team also commended his local staff for supporting the foreign doctors for conducting the free surgeries.

“I’m pleased with my staffs that have alleviated the suffering of the poor,” he remarked.

The certificates were received by the Team Leader Father Joseph Anthony.
One of the Team Members, Kiko Perez said they successfully treated normal as well as overdue cases. Some of the cases, he said are reoccurred whilst some should have been treated ten years ago.

Sister Josephine Amara, Caritas Freetown’s Health Coordinator and Manager of the Christ the King Hospital, said some of the patients have three combined complications that were successfully treated and added that the least age treat was a 3-year-old boy and the oldest is 78 years old. She thanked the team for a job well done and assured the public that they are willing to provide free treatment to a greater number soon. “We are a faith-based hospital that targets vulnerable patients,” he said and furthered that they brought together staffs from four of their health facilities.

She revealed that even though they are complementing government’s effort in its free healthcare initiative, the hospital wants more partners to help in reaching out to more vulnerable people.

“Although government supported us in training theater, surgical nurses, our hospital is however constrained with limited resources. We want to expand to reach out to more poor people in communities,” Sister Amara said.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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