SOS Launches Community Medical Center Outreach Program
The Medical Center of the SOS Children’s Village Liberia on Thursday launched its first Community-Based Health Outreach since the formation of the organization in Liberia in January 1981.
Speaking at the launch held in the Old Matadi Estate Community on Thursday, James Lewis, Medical Director of the SOS Medical Center, said the organization undertook the initiative to help more community dwellers who cannot afford medical bills at the health center.Dr. Lewis also said that the organization is undertaking the project to improve access to quality health care for the population by providing direct, continuous medical care on the streets, with the goal of linking them with a primary medical home.
According to him, the process which started at the old Matadi community will continue until all communities within Montserrado County benefit from the Community-Based Health Outreach program that will last for six months.
Dr. Lewis said the organization treats cases such as malaria, diabetes, typhoid and many other sicknesses, and caters for pregnant women and as well educate people on the prevention of malaria and other diseases.
He said the Medical Center Outreach program is targeting over 11,000 patients in each Community throughout Montserrado County.
Dr. Lewis, however, encouraged all residents in Montserrado County to take advantage of the opportunity in order to ensure the betterment and health needs of Liberians.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Old Matadi Estate Community, Mr. Kemoh Sherrif, lauded the Medical Center of the SOS Children’s Village for launching the program in their community for the first time since he became chairman.
Also speaking, the Communication specialist of the SOS Children’s Village, Mr. Joseph Joboe, lauded the Liberian government for its support to the village and noted that the medical outreach will help people who do not have money to get medical attention.