Sulaiman P. Kamara

Age: I am 40 years old (5th Jan, 1974)

What is your background?
I am born in Lunsar town, Port Loko district, Northern province, Sierra Leone, West Africa. I am married with four children, two boys and two girls.
I attended Roman Catholic primary school, Lunsar, from class 1 to class 7. I attended Marampa Islamic secondary school in Lunsar, from form 1 to form 5, where I sat to my general certificate of education (GCE).
I attended N’jala University and obtained a higher diploma in community health and clinical sciences in Bo town. I also attended several courses and workshops in different disciplines; such as: radiology and nuclear medicine, malaria program, and maternal and child health.

Working experience:
In 1999-2001, nursing aid at St. John of God hospital Lunsar.
2002-2004, school health councillor, UNHCR refugee camps in Republic of Guinaea.
2005-2007, x-ray technician, St. John of God hospital, Lunsar.
2010-2012, community health officer attached in paediatrics ward, St. John of God hospital, Lunsar.

My personal profile: I am reliable well organised and used to work in my own initiative and accept corrections. I am comfortable working on my own or as part of a team.

Why did you want to enter into the program?
My aim to enter into the STP program is as follows:
a)     great interest in surgery
b)    to save the lives of our people
c)     to reduce maternal and mortality rate in Sierra Leone

What is a normal day like for you at the hospital?
The normal day I like most at the hospital, tuesdays and thursdays (surgery days). These are days when the O.T. is busy and especially when there are cases of obstetrics emergencies and abdominal emergencies.

What do you like most about the program?
What I like most about the program is the unity and cordiality between the local doctors and the CHO (STP), because there was a time when there was an infighting between the STP and the local doctors, but now through the help of this program, STP are allowed to work with the doctors in the district hospital.

I like also the coming of international tutors/doctors for their modern techniques and work impacts on us. It helps me to upgrade skills and techniques.

What will you do after you finish the program?
I will work for the government of Sierra Leone and put to practice the various techniques learnt during the training, and to work according to my limitation.