Hundreds of underprivileged women and children of the Old Road community are receiving free medical treatment, thanks to generosity of The Bethel Outreach Ministry International family and the Serene Mobile Clinic who are conducting a medical outreach program to help the poor.
The medical outreach beneficiaries, many of who are from the Gaye Town area, are being treated for malaria, skin infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, the common cold, and rashes. They are also offering people the opportunity to have their sores dressed.
Pregnant women in the community are being catered to as well; in case of any complications a referral is done allowing them to receive immediate attention.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, April 19, the Medical Director of Serene Mobile Clinic, Ms. Maima Quoi Pelham, said the initiative is intended to give care to those who do not have the means to get to hospitals and clinics due to lack of money.
She said around 75 to 100 patients are treated on a daily basis. She called on residents, especially those who have minor medical cases, to come out for treatment as the program is intended for them.
The head of the Mobile Clinic, who is also an employed nurse at the Redemption hospital, said the initiative is meant to ease the huge medical burden that arises when poor people become critically ill.
“Many times, people who become seriously ill are admitted to bigger hospitals and clinics, but cannot afford to buy pills for their sicknesses or pay their hospital bills,” she explained.
“To prevent them from being placed in desperate situations, we have started this program to deal with these conditions at their initial point. We are trying to prevent people from being critically ill, because the cost of serious illnesses can become a serious burden in terms of finance and treatment,” Ms. Pelham said
She indicated that the entity has rendered free medical services in various communities throughout the city, one of which is the Peace Island Community. “The program is not only focused in Montserrado; we intend to go to other places as well,” she said
The Resident Bishop of the Bethel Outreach Ministry International, Wolo Belleh, speaking at the site of the outreach said the initiative is the church’s way of identifying with the community, especially those who are unable to shoulder their medical bills.
He said the outreach is the dream of the Overseer and Prelate of the Bethel International Ministry, Bishop Darlingston G. Johnson.
The Bethel Preacher said his church received some medication from Bishop Johnson in the month of February when they went to Cote D’Ivoire for a conference, explaining, “These are the drugs we are using for this outreach.”
He explained, “Our Bishop, Darlingston Johnston, not only believes in the preaching of the gospel but also believes in catering to the wellbeing of the people of Africa,”
“Any time he comes to Africa he travels with a medical team that comprises physicians and nurses to help treat people with specific medical deficiencies. They also travel with lot of medical equipment and drugs for these purposes,” he said.
Bishop Belleh disclosed that Bishop Johnson has funded the construction of a clininc on the Old Road that has just been completed. He said it would be known Darlingston G. Johnson Medical center.
He noted the facility cost thousands of dollars and that it was built because Bishop Johnson believes in the health of the people.