Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States, Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai, has organized a team of experts to commence feasibility study on the proposed medical center by the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
When completed, the Medical Centre will be one of the most advanced Teaching Hospitals in Africa.
It will cater primarily for the Manor River Union, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and will be affiliated to other international teaching Hospitals.
The feasibility team led by Prof. Tunga Demisrarslan and Mrs. Mine Anlar, have already met with the First Lady and her team and also President Bio to discuss the project.
The team has also in continuation of its fact finding mission met with the Director of the Presidential Initiative on Infrastructure, Dr. John Tambi, to have a clear picture on how to synergise the Medical Centre Project with the plan of a new City by the government.
The team was later taken by Dr. Tommy Koroma, Medical Officer attached to the Office of the First Lady and Mohamed Cozie Kosia on a visit to existing government Hospitals.
They have also conducted while in the country a review of the strengths and shortcomings of our health system.
The team is expected to develop a strategy on how the new Medical Centre will address the challenges inherent in our health system.
The feasibility study will cover the entire Mano River Union.
President Bio made it clear that the Mano River is long overdue in terms of overhauling its health infrastructure and that the project is a welcome initiative and that it will receive the fullest support of his government
The scale of the project is huge and specialists have suggested that it is rolled out in stages.
Women and children were recommended as pilots to the project.
With sustainability at the core of planning, the project will encompass the training of medical personnel, building the hospital and equipping it to international standards.
Training of medical practitioners from Sierra Leone will also be a top priority.
The Medical Centre will be scalable both medically and socially.
A referral system for incoming patients will be operational in the Mano River Union.
The referral system will utilize existing hospitals and where necessary, new referral centres will be built.
The report of the feasibility study will be presented at the United Nations by the First Lady on the 27th of September in the United States.
The event is being organized by Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakar Wai, the charismatic community leader, activist, politician, diplomat and public policy czar.
The Howard University Medical School is also supporting the project by making their students available for residency training as a precursor to a full scale implementation of the medical centre project.
The incredible UN event will be co-chaired by the highly experienced, Dr. Fouad Sheriff and Dr. Johnson, Dean of Howard University Medical School.
The specialist team from Moneta Health has been involved in several projects in Turkey, and also in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Prof. Tunga Demirarslan is known internationally as the problem solver of medical establishments.
His expertise in managing, transforming and adopting hospital businesses into profitable and agile organizations is resounding.
He will bring his vast experience in hospital construction, technical equipment and medical training to the proposed First Lady’s Medical Centre.