By Amin Kef Sesay
In a bid to complement Government’s effort to provide free health services to the less privileged in the country, Choithram Memorial Hospital is poised to undertake a two day free Diabetes screening and treatment on the 7th and 8th November, 2019 at the Choithram Memorial Hospital on Hill Station in Freetown.
Speaking to this medium in an interview, Dr. Gowrinath M. George, Medical Superintendent of Choithram Memorial Hospital said the offer of the free treatment is part of their Corporate Social Responsibility as an institution, adding that the free screening and treatment from the 7th to the 8th November, 2019 is geared towards providing qualitative and free treatment for people with diabetes across the country. He went on to say that during the process of Diabetes screening and treatment, medicines will be also offered to patients free of cost.
He maintained that consultation is free and that the time the free service starts is 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm each day, adding that for registration purpose and any other enquiry with regard this free service, the general public can call +232 76 98 00 00.
He further disclosed that Choithram was a great philanthropist who believed in returning a large portion of his earnings to the society through education and medical services; and had the desire to provide an ultra-modern hospital in Freetown to serve the local populace as an affordable referral hospital.
He noted that this is not the first time the hospital is engaging in such humanitarian gesture, adding that in February 2018 a team of international cardiologists comprising Professor Thomas Crawford from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from the USA and Professor Zaheer Youssef from Cardiff University alongside the Choithram team comprising Dr. James Russell and the hospital staff successfully implanted several Intra-cardiac pacemakers for the very first time in Sierra Leone.
He also said that a team of German paediatric surgeons in collaboration with the Choithram Memorial Hospital have been conducting free surgeries in Sierra Leone for poor and needy patients below 18 years of age, adding that these surgeries were done under the umbrella of the Bintumani-German Sierra Leone Society, which started on 8th February, 2019 and ran up to the 23rd of February.
He urged Sierra Leoneans to make use of this latest opportunity as it is mainly to help people who cannot afford to pay their medical bills. He disclosed that people who want to benefit from the free diabetes screening and treatment should register either at the hospital on Hill Station in Freetown or contact +232 76 98 00 00.