US Doctor Supports National Health Program (21 Jul 2005)
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US Doctor Supports National Health Program
July 21, 2005
Following the temporary closure for renovation of the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in Freetown, a group of doctors from the Visco Vaginal Fistula (VVF) group in Sierra Leone, headed by Dr. Darius Maggi from Texas, USA, have facilitated the relocation of the VVF Operating Room (Formally at PCMH), to the Choithrams Hospital at Hill Station in Freetown.
The new VVF Operating Room at Choithrams is designated for the treatment of women with VVF complications due to difficulty during childbirth. The establishment of VVF Operating Room at Choithrams is in support of the ongoing National Health Program by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Maggi, and two Sierra Leonean Doctors, Dr. Alyona Lewis and Dr. Ibrahim Tholley, operate on VVF patients free of charge. Over ten patients received services since the new facility at Choithrams opened on July 11th. The Defense Attaché office of the U.S. Embassy in Freetown donated a large consignment of medical supplies to the new VVF Operating Room, and a VVF Foundation in Houston, Texas, set up by Dr. Maggi, has come up with $132, 000 to help in the payment of nurses salaries. Plans are also on the way for the setting up of a small VVF hospital here in Freetown.