Saturday, June 16, 2012
‘Heart Doctors’ from Greece visit Freetown, Sierra Leone on a Medical Mission
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE (ANS) -- Even though Greece is hurting, a group calling themselves the “Heart Doctors” have been helping others during a unique seven-day medical mission to the sick in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown.
“After a rocky start of red tape these two men and women, set themselves the task of ministering to thousands of men, women and children in Freetown,” he said.
“One of the major problems facing any developing nation relates to health issues. This is especially so in Sierra Leone, which has only recently recovered from a devastating civil war.
“The statistics are really shocking. The average life expectancy up to a few years ago was 41 for females and 37 for males. This represents less than half the life expectancy for Australians, Americans or Europeans. Indeed the child mortality rate is deplorable – about 20% of children will not reach the age of five. Furthermore even of you can afford to see a doctor and buy the required medicine there is no guarantee that the medicine you have purchased is authentic and not counterfeit (usually produced in Nigeria).”
Fr. Themi explained that “within this background” the Holy Orthodox Diocese of Sierra Leone recent welcomed a medical team from Greece known as the “Heart Doctors.”
During the visit, we organized a series of locations where they would provide this extraordinary and philanthropic medical service. These included our compound in New Waterloo where we have built an entire housing complex for a community of disabled, their spouses and their children (the St. Moses Orthodox Village).
“Here, at the clinic, the medical team treated the disabled community, the children of our school and the broader surrounding community. Over one thousand people availed of this opportunity. Furthermore they treated the children of our large school in Freetown (Freetown Orthodox Christian School) which has over 1500 pupils.”
Fr. Themi added that on Saturday June 9, 2012, they provided the people living in the poverty stricken slim of Colvert with an entire day of medical service.
“This was attended by a very large number of people who under normal circumstances could never afford such medical treatment. The next day they returned to Greece,” said Fr. Themi.
“Our Diocese wishes to express its gratitude to the ‘Heart Doctors’ and we thank God in Christ for their wonderful service to humanity. They will be coming back in November this year. We look forward to their return as do thousands of other people in Freetown.”
To read the extraordinary story of Fr. Themi, please go to: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12050035.htm
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