On the 29 Jan 2017, YAEDA-SL embarked on a Sanitation and therapeutic exercise at the Princess Maternal Health (PCMH) Hospital located at the east end of the capital Freetown. This event was inspired by an increasing need to address pervasive trauma amongst patients admitted to the hospital. Sierra Leone is a country with the history of traumatic occurrences namely ten (10) year civil war which left a lot of loved ones dead, some displaced leaving memories of atrocious occurrences, Ebola epidemic, mudslide and floods and abject poverty. Trauma in patients compromises their immune systems and leads to prolonged ill health. Head of the Social work team of YAEDA SL Mrs. Hawanatu Kamara (a final year social work student) led the team of professional social workers trained in administering therapeutic and counselling to patients who were under distress and needed words of hope and a professional to comfortably and confidentially talk with. The rest of the membership ensure a thorough cleaning of the hospitals’ premises in a drive to ensure a clean, safe and comfortable environment for patients to recover speedily. The event was climaxed with a healthy interaction amongst members, patients, staff (nurses, doctors etc.) and hospital’s administration. This gesture was lauded by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and resulted in the issuance of a certificate of appreciation to YAEDASL. Donation of few Cleaning Materials to the Administration of the PCMH (Cottage Hospital) then followed. The said cleaning items were handed over to the Hospital’s Environmental and Health Officer Mr.Sullay Kamara and included mops, buckets, and other cleaning items.

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