“Vision 2020” A United Methodist University

“Vision 2020” A United Methodist University

INTRODUCTION John Charles Olmsted, in 1908, wrote, “A University as a whole, both grounds and buildings, without any suggestion of lavishness or over decoration, ought to exhibit clearly, in all its outward appearance, the fact that it is the place of work and of residence of cultivated and careful people,” Even today, that sentiment should guide  the development and growth of any campus; with the design endeavoring to infuse  harmony among the buildings on campus regardless of their specific uses; as l

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UMC Hospital Gives Hope to Stroke Patients in Sierra Leone

UMC Hospital Gives Hope to Stroke Patients in Sierra Leone

Physical Therapy that initially started as a volunteer service by a United Methodist at UMC General Hospital, Kissy in eastern Freetown is today winning national acclaim for the hospital. To date, the Physical Therapy unit has treated 2065 patients since its inception in 2008 with 60% fully recovering and 30% partial recovery. By October, the unit had recorded 447 patients for 2013 alone – the highest number of patients visiting the unit per annum. Steven Moinina, the volunteer now turned head of the Physio Therapy unit of the hospital has treated many people and helped them regain normalcy and functionality through the now over-crowded Physio-Therapy unit at the hospital. Dr Ibrahim Sallieu Kamara, a lecturer at Milton Margai College of Education and Technology narrated how by a stroke of luck he got in contact with UMC General Hospital’s Physio-Therapy unit that completely changed his life story. “I woke up one morning and discovered that I could not stretch out my hands; neither could I walk. I had a feeling that is difficult to name but I felt like a heavy stone was hanging around me and was feeling immobilized. My family became worried and they were looking for help from everywhere. A doctor in one of the hospitals contacted told my family that I was going to die in five days if they did not seek medical help from abroad. But my family pressed on seeking for a place within the country where I could get help. They took me to Choithram’s Hospital…” ( Choithram’s is one of the leading hospitals in Sierra Leone) . “Again, when the doctor saw me, he thought I would die the next day. I was admitted immediately. I spent about 37 days at Choithram’s and was discharged”. Kamara explained that even after spending over a month at one of the country’s best health facilities, he could still not walk or move limbs or stand. “I had to be moved around in a wheel chair. My situation has continued to improve tremendously since I arrived here at Kissy UMC General Hospital. Since then, I have been doing guided physical exercises; and in less than a month, I can now walk at a faster pace. Now I can move my limbs and could make effort to stand up on my own”, Dr Kamara said. Kamara further explained that before then, he could not move his left hand to the right hand; neither the right to the left. “But now all of that is gone and I feel much more energized and alive”, he explained moving both hands in rapid succession to demonstrate his recovery adding that he preached the previous day for close to an hour. “People thought I was going to fall down. But I did not”, he said laughing. “The guys here are real professionals: treatment is good; they are consistent, caring and treat patients with a human face. They give patients freedom of discussion; they dialogue. These are all aspects that are helping us. They are not like the doctors one would find elsewhere that are dictators or would frown their faces. There is fun and laughter”, Kamara says of the Physio Therapy staff. United Methodist pastor, Rev Steven Momoh Momo-Jah is rapidly recovering now after he was referred to the UMC...

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