Orange SL Women Organization donates items to New Born Babies and mothers at PCMH (Cottage Hospital)

As one of the biggest mobile networks in Sierra Leone continues to meet the needs of the masses, On Wednesday 14th April 2021, Orange SL offered assorted items to 10 mothers and their babies at the Princess Christian Maternal Hospital (PCMH).

In her opening remarks, one of the staffs of Orange, Martha, said that they’ve been very accommodating from the very start and that it a cross section from the women of Orange SL. She continued that they have an association within the women of Orange, because one of the key sections of Orange is to promote women empowerment within Orange and outside Orange. Martha said that one of their mandates is to improve the lives of women outside Orange, adding that fortunately this is the first move they are making since she assumed office about a month ago.

She furthered that, it is also a support of what Orange generally is doing in terms of helping to contain maternal death in Sierra Leone; stressing that this is the reason for consulting the Matron, who helped them with some of the items that the mothers might need for their babies, and this resulted in the putting together the baby pack with toiletries and 25KG bags of rice to support them.

One of the Sisters, who is the head of DMS 2, Sister Roselyn Kanu, expressed thanks and appreciation to Orange and the Women Organisation for their immense support towards patients and their babies. She said that it might not be enough as how Martha said earlier, but it is more than enough to them, never mind they are just targeting 10 women and their babies, but they appreciate their action and consideration.

Sister Roselyn furthered that in DMS 2 they take care of two different cases, one set of patients being those under the free health care and the other is not. But fortunately, the help has arrived at the right time, as they have victims of some patients from the fire incidents that took place at Susan’s Bay, with one of the mothers delivering twins, a baby boy and a girl.

Other Nursing Sisters from different Wards, Sister Eleanor from ward 5 and Sister Sarah Macaulay from ward 2 also expressed gratitude and appreciated the effort and good work of Orange. They said that they need more donor partners who can do the same or more than what Orange has done. And that they will always be grateful to Orange for their good work.

Mariatu Turay, one of the fire victims, said that she was left helpless after the fire incident, and she went to the hospital all alone, only with the support of the nurses and God that helped her survive with her baby. She continued that she was just trying to make ends meet for her new born baby to survive, but with the help of Orange donating baby items and a 25kg of rice for her to be healthy, adding that it is a day she will always remember and she will be forever grateful to Orange.

Statements from various Patients, who benefited from the donations, said that they were never expecting such package and disclosed that they were finding it very difficult to help their babies meet their needs, but with the support and Godly heart of Orange women, they can now take good care of their babies with all the items Orange has given them.

Beneficiaries of these items are Mariatu Sesay, Mabinty Bangura, Mariatu Turay, makalay Bangura, Emmanuelle Kamara, Hawanatu Bah, Fatmata Lebbie, Lovetta Kanneh, Isata Kargbo, Marie Yamba and Mariatu Sesay, were all lucky to be given 25kg bags of rice and a whole package of baby items and toiletries.

In a final statement on the donation, the head of PCMH, Matron Irene M. Sesay, thanked Orange SL Foundation and the women organization for such a great gesture, and that they are really happy, because they were never expecting such gift, but they are looking forward to see other Organizations follow the example of Orange and help the women at their Hospital

She continued that most of the women who are admitted at the hospital are vulnerable and can’t do anything. She said that sometimes they even come for delivery empty-handed, and she is the obliged to help them with some stuffs.

Matron Irene furthered that this is a surprise to her, because since the day Martha called her and discussed things with her, she just thought it was a dream, until she saw Martha facially, it was then that she informed the other sisters and nurses that Orange has come to help them.

She concluded by blessing the CEO of Orange for her great work, and thanked everyone involved in such venture.

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