Cow Factory, Doe Communities Get Free Treatment
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, Jan 19 (LINA) - Over 100 residents of Cow Factory and S.K Doe Communities on Bushrod Island have benefitted from free medical treatment provided by the Serene Health for All Mobile Clinic (SHMC), a local non-governmental health group.
Residents of the two communities, most of whom were women and children, on Saturday flocked to the Daniel K. Adjei Sr. Memorial Institute in the Cow Factory Community to receive the treatment.
In an interview with the Liberia News Agency, SHMC Founder Mrs. Maima Pelham said the objective of the mobile clinic is to assist Government in providing free treatment to under-privileged Liberians who cannot afford to foot medical bills.
According to Mrs. Pelham, the mobile clinic treats sicknesses such as malaria, typhoid, urinary tract infection, respiratory tract infection, diabetes, diarrhea and hypertension, among others.
She said apart from providing basic medical treatment to patients, the clinic also educates patients on how to keep their environment clean.
She said the organization also provides free mosquito nets to pregnant women and mothers of infants to help prevent malaria.
Mrs. Pelham said the clinic has visited three communities and treated over 200 patients since its establishment in November last year.
She said challenges facing the SHMC include the high cost of drugs, lack of vehicles to transport staff and equipment, lack of basic medical equipment and ambulance, as well as low public awareness about the free medical exercise.
She thanked the Malaria Control Unit at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare which has promised to supply her institution with drugs after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two institutions.
In remarks, the Chairman of the Cow Factory Community Mr. Alfred Washington Wiaye, thanked the Serene Health for All Mobile Clinic Management for the gesture.