As access to primary healthcare is already a challenge, especially in most rural parts of the country, residents of Degai Zulu Clan, in Faumah District, Lower Bong County, are doing everything possible to rescue their people who are dying from preventable diseases.
The district has a population of nearly 30,000 due to lucrative mining businesses.
Two sons of the area, Mustapha Shannon and Mohammed Massaley, who are not medical practitioners, have started constructing a seven-room clinic valued at US$100,000 for the district.
Shannon told the Daily Observer that US$17,000 had already been spent on the project and he wants the government to help them fund the completion of the clinic.
According to him, they were moved to undertake the project because of the way sick people were dying in the area due to the lack of a healthcare facility.
“Because of that we have to take our sick relatives to Bopolu City, in Gbarpolu County for treatment. Sometimes the sick person dies on the way to seek treatment,” he said. “Taking sick people to Bopolu is very expensive, especially due to the bad road conditions, so we have to pay motorbike riders L$800.”
He named children and pregnant women as the most vulnerable.
“Most of our children and pregnant women have died because they were unable to get medical treatment,” he lamented.
One of the most important things that Shannon stressed was the absence of medical practitioners to take care of the clinic once it is completed.
“You can see we are not medical people, but because of the way our people usually die here from preventable diseases, we are putting up this project to help.”
He continued, “We are going to appeal to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) to assign doctors to take care of the clinic, when it is completed.”