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AMA ends free medical service in Blama

In a bid to complement the efforts of government in achieving the free health care initiative, the Africa Muslim Agency (AMA) has ended a three-day free medical outreach service at the Blama Community Health Center, Small Bo Chiefdom in Kenema District.
Addressing patients and observers at the Blama health center, a member of the team who is also a missionary at the Agency, Sheik Hafiz Sannoh, said the gesture is in fulfillment of the Agency’s vision to help the needy and the most vulnerable in the Sierra Leonean communities.
Sheik Hafiz Sannoh reminded the people that the programme is to support those who are in need of medical help in the chiefdom beginning with three communities namely: Nyganyahun Sawula, Nyganyahun Buima and Blama Town in the Small Bo Chiefdom regardless of race, tribe and religion.
He disclosed that since the inception of the agency in Kenema District in 1992, they have supported a good number of projects which include the construction of hand-dug-wells, mosques, schools and the ongoing support to orphans within the district and the country as a whole.
A patient from Salima Village, Foday Fatorma Koroma who was one of the beneficiaries in Blama Town, thanked the agency for extending their humanitarian services to the Small-Bo Chiefdom.
Foday Fatorma Koroma stated that they as Muslims are very proud of AMA for being the first organization that has been helping people in Sierra Leone irrespective of tribe, religion or race, and called on other Muslim organizations to follow the good example of the Africa Muslim Agency.
Giving an overview of the Agency’s activities in Sierra Leone, the Country Director of the Africa Muslim Agency in Freetown, Khalid Houda, disclosed that the Agency is at present implementing series of developmental projects in Sierra Leone.
Khalid Houda said the development projects were designed to support humanitarian activities not only in Sierra Leone, but in other African countries.
He disclosed that the Agency is presently operating in over 30 African countries including Sierra Leone which has four centers across the country namely: Kossoh Town, Lungi, Makeni and Kenema, adding that each center is housing and caring for over 100 orphans.
He added that the Agency has embarked on series of projects which include the building of hundreds of Mosques, schools, vocational centers, hospitals and the ongoing constructions of hand dug water wells across the country.
He also revealed that in the 2010/2011 academic year, the Mission has offered about 136 scholarships to University students and 245 secondary school pupils amounting to nine hundred and four million Leones.
He said the Africa Muslim Agency also offers fourteen scholarships to Sierra Leoneans every year for Hajj programme.
In May this year, he added, the Agency in collaboration with Al-Basr International Foundation supported the eye surgery of 231 patients for cataract, and 970 people also benefited from the donation of lens glasses for eye sight in Freetown.
He disclosed that during the Holy Month of Ramadan, over 1,234 families also benefited from food donations which cost three hundred and sixty-five million, four thousand Leones and 160 bags of rice were also distributed to the needy as Zakatul Fitr (charity marking the end of fasting).
He therefore called on Muslims to support the work of the Agency in its drive in propagating Islam.
By Saffa Moriba

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