In continuation of her goodwill gesture the First Lady of Sierra Leone Madam Fatima Maada Bio has made a donation of medical supplies and assorted food items to the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Teaching Hospital on Saturday 17 October 2020 .
Speaking during the donation Chief of Staff at the office of the First Lady, Shiek Salim Fekah said the visit is part of the First Lady’s commitment to support the people of this country and to ensure that people realize they have a good system in place. He said the First Lady wants to be part of the people to see for herself the positive changes and any challenges they might be facing .
Dr. Abdul of the psychiatric teaching hospital said it is an honor to have the First Lady in their midst as this is the only psychiatric teaching hospital in the country and the oldest in sub-Saharan Africa.
He said the first Lady’s visit is a great birthday gift for them as they are celebrating 200 years of mental health service in Sierra Leone.
He said the hospital has been neglected for decades but positive reforms by the present administration has transformed the hospital .
He also said they have been working with the First Lady’s hands off our girl’s campaign by providing care for sexual and gender-based violence victims for free, also providing free psychiatric care for children
According to Dr. Abdul, 80% of the patients admitted at the hospital are abandoned patients and they take full responsibility for them by providing care and 3 meals daily. The visit and donation are timely especially as they are celebrating global mental health.
Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio said she is honored to be of this all-important hospital that is so dear to the president, to render her support. She is impressed with the transformation and improvement made so far, thanking the team for their dedication to work in a facility like this, saying their job is one of the most difficult in the country.
The First Lady also said this is the first time she is donating to this facility in person and she will continue to do it. Going on to state that His Excellency the president is dedicated to seeing more improvement, and she looks forward to working with the management of this hospital as she is thinking about more ways to help in improving the facility.
First Lady Fatima Bio concluded by saying mental illness should be prioritized as no one will want their family members to be mentally ill without proper care. As a nation we have to take care of of our citizens with mental illness .
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