Have you been looking for a place to talk with a specialist about your mental health? Your stress is finally over because the Community Resilience Model (CRM), which focuses on mental health is here to broaden your knowledge on how to manage your health. Do you know your “resiliency zone” or have you ever wondered what different resources there are to help you find mental peace? Take some time and visit the Adventist Health System Waterloo Hospital and book an appointment with one of the specialists that will help restore your mental health.

Mental health is a serious issue, especially in developing countries like Sierra Leone. This is  due to many factors including lack of resources such as professional care givers or proper housing. In Sierra Leone one of the leading cause of deaths of young men and the elderly is mental health problems associated with stress, anxiety, and depression.

The Road to Better Health

According to Merriam Webster, health is freedom from physical disease or pain. It is the condition of being sound in mind, body or spirit. In order to maintain good health, one has to consider regular medical check-ups.

A regular medical check-up has several benefits which are cost effective and easy to achieve. All you have to do is make yourself available with minimal cost for consultations, labs and medications. Overall, this will be less expensive than having to pay plenty if you do get sick. For better understanding, let us talk about a few benefits that one can get from doing regular medical check-ups.

Firstly , it helps reduce healthcare cost over time by avoiding costly medical services. As they say, “a stich in time saves nine.” When you are not seriously sick you pay less since you are rarely admitted and do not require a too many tests. A regular check-up is an outpatient department (OPD) visit which includes consultation and occasionally labs or treatment. If you wait until you are seriously sick it will cost you more since it will require more tests and possibly an admission to sleep overnight in the hospital.

Secondly, it also helps in the early detection of potentially life threatening health conditions or diseases. The early identification of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus or cancers can be very helpful. This will improve the treatment outcome with reduced burden on the patient and physician.

Thirdly, it increases one’s lifespan. The early detection of these conditions as highlighted above helps provide a better treatment outcome. Instead of the disease leading to complications such as organ failure in diabetes mellitus or cardiac arrest in heart failure, early detection and treatment can lead to one getting their normal life back.

Lastly, it helps the patient keep up to date on new medical information. Visiting the physician during check-ups creates a cool and nice atmosphere between you and your physician. During these visits one has the opportunity to ask a lot of question. The physician also has plenty of time to talk to you because you are not seriously ill.  A little discussion with your physician can help you immensely in making your health better!

Therefore, don’t wait until it is too late to do regular medical check-ups for better health.

WELL BODY NA GENTRI (Health is Wealth)

Loma Linda PA/Pharmacy Trip 2019

In December 2019 a team of 11 physician assistant students, two pharmacy students, and two professors spent two weeks at AHS hospital. They sacrificed being with their families for their Christmas vacation to join us in our work in the hospital. The students saw patients in the wards and outpatient department as well as assisted in the operating room.  Due to their support, we were able to go on extra mobile clinic trips to remote villages. Each student gave a presentation on health or medication topics to improve the knowledge of the staff in the hospital. They provided advanced training and certificates in obtaining vital signs for our nurses. They were a huge help and a big blessing to us all. 

It wasn’t all work as we took two trips to the beach and a 3 hour boat ride to the historic Bunce Island. 

We are grateful for their generosity and willingness to serve. Besides the cost of the trip to Africa, they also gifted the hospital four continuous vital monitoring machines, thermometers, and blood pressure cuffs. Some left donations which we are using to remove the disease-ridden pigeons from inside the ceiling of the hospital. 

We saw God working through these volunteers and hope there will be many more trips in the future! 

New Universal Anesthetic Machine (UAM)

The Adventist Health System Hospital at Waterloo, Sierra Leone has received a Universal Anesthetic Machine that would aid the hospital to conduct major operations for Western Rural Communities and the country at large.

The anesthetic machine costs a little over $25,000 and as much as $3,000 for shipment to Sierra Leone.

Upon receipt of the machine, the Acting Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Juana Kabba thanked Adventist Health International (AHI) for their support in getting such a valuable machine for the hospital. He added that it would broaden the spectrum of cases that come to the hospital and also increase safety.

The hospital business manager, Mr. Joseph Fobbie extended thanks and appreciation to AHI for their support. He states there are more things to be unfolded in the near future.

Therefore, this facility is now pleased to inform the general public that they will continue to provide quality services for the people of Waterloo and the Western Rural Area communities.