The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, has written a letter to thank the Goodwill Ambassador of Sierra Leone based in California, Mrs. Isatu Timbo-Nwokedi for her recent donation of a 40 foot container of medical supplies for the fight against Ebola.
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR MRS. ISATU TIMBO-NWOKEDI
At the time of shipping the Ebola supplies, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi told COCORIOKO : “When I received the news about the Ebola epidemic in Africa, and many people were dying, pain gripped my heart and soul. I knew I had to do something. As a Goodwill Ambassador, I knew that I had to do something. Doing something to help those in distress is a natural thing for me to do even if I were not a Goodwill Ambassador, I would have been helping. I was consumed with the passion doing something to help. I placed many calls to different medical institutions asking for help in sending medical supplies etc.”
The result of her concern was that “I placed a call to the president of the research department of Houston Methodist Hospital. He asked me to come to the institution to present my case, tour the hospital, .and present my plans regarding helping the people in Sierra Leone. I said to him “Can I come now?” We all laughed. The President gave me the following assurance : ‘My heart goes out to you and all those who are suffering from the Ebla outbreak in your beautiful Country of Sierra Leone. Of course we will help in any way that we can’ ” .
“We set a date and approx. three days later, I arrived in Houston, Texas. I received royal treatment from every intern resident and medical doctors who attended my presentation. I was so thankful. When I finished my presentation, I opened the session for questions. The question and answer session went well.”
“The research team took me on a tour of the entire facility as you can see from the photos attached. After which I was taken on a tour to the warehouse to secure the supplies that I needed to help in Sierra Leone. I shared regarding the supplies that I needed to send to Sierra Leone… The manager of the warehouse said to me “It’s strange, this is the exact list that we just shipped to Liberia. I spoke up with care and compassion for my people in Sierra Leone.”
The items Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi collected and sent to Sierra Leone included : urine containers, sets of IV Extension, CVC dressing, ear temperature probes, syringes, band aids, islolation gowns, catheter , bracelets, surgical masks, examination gloves of various sizes, under pads for adults and other medical supplies.
The supplies were received by the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, who has distributed them to treatment and holding centres in the country.
This is not the first time Mrs. Timbo-Nwkedi has sent medical and other humanitarian supplies to Sierra Leone. For the past eight or so years , she has been providing tremendous assistance to the nation by shipping containers of medical equipment and supplies to various hospitals and health centers in Sierra Leone. Through her New Hope Horizon Foundation , Ms .Timbo provided beds, stretchers, stethoscopes , wheel chairs, blood pressure cuffs, oxygen cylinders and medicines.