October 23, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Chief Executive Officer of Salone Got Talent, Ibrahim Wurie Bah, has donated physiotherapy and vital sign equipment to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, through the National Recreational Centre at Aberdeen in Freetown.
The relief items included ten pieces of exercise treadmill, one hundred and fifty static bikes, ten vibrating exercise machines, one hundred and fifty wheel chairs, ten dumbbells, one hundred paediatric thermometers, eight crutches, one hundred and twenty BP machines and cuff, and one hundred and eighteen IR thermometers among other items.
Wurie stated that the donated items cost six hundred million Leones and that bulk of the cost was incurred by Salone Got Talent organization while the remaining came from his personal pocket.
According to him, he was urged to help patients in hospitals when his uncle was admitted at Emergency Surgical Hospital and later transferred to 34 Military.
“When I went with my uncle at the hospital, there was not even a pillow for him to lay his head on, not to talk of other equipment,” he stated.
The CEO Salone Got Talent said some people could afford to seek medical overseas while others could not afford such facilities and could eventually die of preventable diseases.
Wurie said he has been helping in sport and other sectors in the country and was prompted to help promote the health sector.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Director of Primary Health, Dr. Joseph Kandeh, said the donation was a step in the right direction, especially to the National Recreational Centre which was in dire need of such equipment.
He thanked the CEO and members of the organization on behalf of the government and Ministry of Health and Sanitation, stating that the Minister was aware about the said donation.
Dr. Kandeh said it was the biggest donation that the National Recreational Centre has received, adding that some citizens in certain West African countries have been visiting the Centre seeking medical attention.
According to him, government was not happy about the poor condition of the Centre, which, he said was beyond the control of the Ministry, adding that government was working to restore the past glory of the Centre.
He pleaded with organizations and other well-meaning Sierra Leoneans to follow the example and come to the aid of various sectors in the country.
Senior Physiotherapist at Connaught Hospital, Ismaila Kebbie, said the physiotherapy and vital sign equipment will change lives of Sierra Leoneans, adding that the donated items would be distributed to various hospitals in the country.
He assured the CEO of Salone Got Talent that the equipment would be used for their intended purposes, to transform the lives of patients with physiotherapy and its related complications.