Over 500 residents of Cheesemanburge and its environs over the weekend benefited from a free medical treatment rendered by Serene Mobile for All Mobile Clinic.
Serene Mobile is a volunteer medical group headed by a Liberian nurse Mema Pelham. The group is involved in providing free medical care for Liberians by taking the service to the people by means of mobile.
Over 500 residents from Cheesemanburge got treated by the group when a team of Doctors, Physician Assistants (PA), Nurses and the Serene Mobile crew set up their tanks in Quenyondee Town to provide free treatment.
Quenyondee is a little town in Cheesemanburge, Bomi County about 15 miles from Monrovia.
With the population of over 1500 residents, the town and its environs lack basic medical health facilities and safe drinking water.
Residents of the town and its environs in Cheesemanburg were seen in long queues to benefit from the free medical service with women and men in separate lines while children and older people had separate line as well.
There were doctors, nurses and PAs being recruited from the John F. Kennedy Memorial (JFK) Hospital, the Redemption and other medical facilities by Serene Mobile to provide voluntary service to the people.
The Head of Serene Mobile, Mema Paye Pelham says says she is working with the health teams in the counties to provide medical services for the people.
But Pelham says the lack of funding is impeding her work.
“Right now, all the medicine you see here are bought from monies we generated during our fund-raising program in November. We want to thank those who donated to us. As you can see their money is being used for the right purpose,” she says.
One of the residents who benefited, Madam Tonia Jallah, 60, was seen smiling as she took her baby along for the service.
“Anytime I go to hospital outside my town I cannot get such medicine. I am happy for everything that I got here today,” she notes.
Another beneficiary, Abel Morris says he could not sleep when he heard that there was a free medical team on their way to the town.
Morris says he was glad to have been treated by the Serene Mobile team, saying “If I had my own will, this team of doctors will always be here to give us free treatment since government is not prepared to bring clinic here.”
Doctor Elton Fayiah Gbollie from the JFK was one of the volunteers seen treating people in Cheesemanburg.
“Giving back to the community is something that I always wanted to do, so when I was engaged by Serene Mobile to join the team for an outreach, I didn’t hesitate but to come and contribute,” he explains.
For his part, the Township Commissioner of Cheesemanburg, Thomas Cassell says since the establishment of the town, there has been no clinic there.
“We have not been treated fairly in this Town. Since the establishment of this town, government has been unable to construct a single health facility here,” he says.
The Commissioner says he is grateful to Serene Mobile team for their hard work towards the people.-By Ethel A. Tweh-Edited by Winston W. Parley