EMMANUEL LORDBRAHAMS TOMMY is my name, a male in my early 30’s. I was born in lower Bambara chiefdom eastern province in the republic of Sierra Leone, to poor parents with little education (my father a retired primary school head teacher, my mother with a non formal education, now late.) We were nine siblings, two late now. I have a wife and a son.
I gained my secondary and tertiary education from Christ the king college (CKC) and paramedical school, Bo respectively in the capacity of a community health officer (CHO). I have previously worked both for the French and the Belgian section of Médecines Sans Frontières.
I enrolled in the surgical training programme (STP) sponsored by CapaCare Norway in collaboration with the ministry of health and sanitation in January 2011 up to date, as the first batch consisting of only two candidates. In my opinion this training is a timely intervention by these institutions in training middle level health workers like us the paramedics in performing basic lifesaving surgical procedures and obstetric emergencies in the district hospitals in Sierra Leone.
Our surgeons are few in the country and are unable to deliver all the required surgical health care services to our people especially in the rural communities. At the end of the two years training we can help our surgeons in delivering these basic lifesaving surgical and obstetric emergency services under their supervision. We can contribute immensely in saving the lives of our people from preventable surgical and obstetric emergency conditions especially those in the rural communities, thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality rate of the population, making Sierra Leone a better place to live.
As the training is ongoing smoothly but challenging, i therefore crave on the indulgence of everyone to support the programme to be a successful one.