December 2, 2021

Sierra Leonean resident in US awarded for humanitarian service

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Sierra Leone –The founder and director of Old Dominion Hospital in Sierra Leone (ODINSAL), Mrs. Kadiatu Kallon, has been presented an award for her service to the vulnerable and people in need in communities in Sierra Leone.

A representative of ODINSAL receiving the award on behalf of Mrs. Kallon in Freetown
A one storey building being constructed in Mellon Street
ODINSAL children’s clinic

The award by the National Opinion Poll in Sierra Leone, a non-governmental organization, recognises her efforts in providing accessible Medicare to hundreds of people in poor communities.

The hospital played a vital role in the fight against ebola in the country by providing safety information and supplied disinfectants to people in deprived communities in Freetown and the provinces.

A resident of Mellon Street in Freetown, Alice Turay, said ODINSAL’s operations in the community provides accessible Medicare to hundreds of women and children.

“The nurses always reach out to people in the community. This is the first of its kind and we are grateful to the director for such an intervention,’ she said.

In Magburaka, North of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Kallon donated a library stacked with text books worth millions of Leones to the community.

Mrs. Kallon has also provided books to Magbontoh TDEC elementary school to set up a one room library while Magbass and Rochain TDEC primary schools, also in the North of Sierra Leone, will get supplies of books and libraries in September.

Mrs. Kallon said during a phone interview with Specimennews that her intervention was in recognition of the need to provide hope and support to vulnerable and people in need in Sierra Leone as well as giving back to society.

The Virginia resident said with the support of her family and friends in the US she hoped to help capacitate more people in the country for a better and healthy Sierra Leone.

During her visit to Sierra Leone in December 2015, Mrs. Kallon gave free over the counter pain medicine to adults and multivitamins to children and adults during the Ran clinic sessions.

“Health assessment was carried out and some participants were referred to the general hospital,” she disclosed.

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