The Medical Center of the SOS Children Village-Liberia, on Thursday, launched its Community-based Health Outreach program for the first time in Liberia since it was founded in Liberia.
Speaking in the old Matadi Estate Community at the start of the program, Dr. James Lewis, medical director of the SOS medical center, said the organization decided to undertake the initiative to help more community dwellers who cannot afford medical bills at the medical center.
Dr. Lewis also said they were doing this to improve access to quality healthcare for the homeless 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 will last for six months will ensure that all communities within Montserrado County benefit from the community outreach program.
Dr. Lewis said they will treat cases such as malaria, diabetes, pregnant women,, Typhoid and many other sicknesses, and will also educate people on the prevention of malaria and other diseases.
He said the SOS Medical Center’s outreach program is targeting over 11, 000 patients in each Community throughout Montserrado County. He encouraged all residents in the county to take advantage of the opportunity for the betterment and health needs of Liberians.
For his part, Mr. Kemoh Sherriff, chairman of the OLD Matadi Estate Community lauded the SOS Children Village’s Medical Center for launching the Community-based Health Outreach program in their community for the first time since he begins chairman.
Also speaking, the Communication specialist of the SOS Children Village, Joseph Joboe, lauded the Liberian government for their support to the village and noted that the Medical Center’s Community-based Health Outreach Program is intended to help people who do not have money to treat themselves.