January 8, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Emergency hospital, located in Goderich in the far western flank of Freetown, successfully did 4,035 surgeries in 2014, according to Medical Coordinator of the Italian run hospital, Sera Radighieri.
Speaking to Concord Times in an exclusive interview, Ms. Radighieri said that in addition to the 4,035 successful surgeries, the specialist hospital also treated 24,190 children in their outpatient clinic.
“The centre was proud to have successfully done more operations in 2014 than in 2013, which was 3,633 surgeries,” said Ms. Radighieri
She said the hospital has remained fully functional despite the Ebola outbreak in the country, which has seen many hospitals, including some public ones, close down for fear of contracting the deadly virus.
The virus shows little signs of abating in the country since it was first confirmed in May last year. To date, more than 7,000 cases have been reported – the highest in West Africa – while over 2,000 have died.
She said that Sierra Leonean health professionals have acquired much-needed professional training at the centre.
A patient, Mariama Turay, told Concord Times she was grateful to the centre for a no cost incurred medical treatment and rehabilitation after she was involved in a gruesome accident.