Ishmael Kamara Dumbuya

What is your background?
I was born on the 6TH September 1984 in Bonthe Island. My father name is Yusuf Dumbuya and mother Sando Kamara. I was brought up by a single parent; my grandmother (Haja Fatmata Kamara). I am a Muslim by religion. I did my primary education at the Islamic Call Society (I.C.S) Primary school and junior secondary in the Bonthe Secondary school, Bonthe Island respectively. After I passed my basic education certificate examination in 2000, I was sent to the Government secondary school in Kenema where I did my senior secondary school education and sat my West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate (WASSCE) in 2003/2004; from there I went to Njala University Bo campus where I did the Community Health Officer course from 2005 to 2008.

Why did you want to enter the program?
I had wanted to enter the program because I want to save our people dying of common surgical and obstetric emergencies which without urgent attention can lead to disability or death. I can still remember when I was a medical assistant/CHO at the U.B.C. mission hospital in Mattru Jong, Bonthe District, when a woman presented with profuse vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain in late pregnancy, an obstetric emergency because there was no doctor at the hospital by then and I haven’t the skills to help her and her baby so all I can do was to refer her to GRC, on the way to Bo she died. So I want to acquire these skills so that I will be available to tackle the common surgical and obstetric emergencies rather than referring them, as some need urgent attention, without which will lead to mortality. With this program we can reduce/minimise the maternal mortality in our country.

What is your expectations for your training?
All  what I am expecting from the training are the various skills needed to tackle common surgical and obstetric emergencies at the District hospital, advocate to MOHS to make us a legal licensed surgical practitioners in the Republic of Sierra Leone  upon completion of the program practising surgery at District hospitals.

What do you like most about the program?
What I like most about the program is, the program is building the capacity of community health officers and Medical Officers to tackle the most common surgical and obstetric emergencies presenting at District hospitals which will improve the health status of our people and reduce mortality.

What will you do after you finish the program?
I will like to work at the Government hospital in any District after finishing the program.