Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

April 10, 2014

Portsmouth Ambulance, doctor support Nigerian health mission

Portsmouth — The relationship between a patient and an ambulance is a simple one. The ambulance delivers the patient to a doctor. Less common is the process for which the physician delivers the ambulance to the patients. Nonetheless, that is part of what Peace Jessa did on a recent trip to Nigeria.  

She delivered a well-equipped ambulance, which was donated by Portsmouth Ambulance to Grace Project International, a nonprofit organization based in the United States that conducts medical missions to rural areas in Nigeria.

The donation was important because of how rare ambulance services are in the area. In Nigeria, it is common for those in need of medical care to simply be loaded into the backseat of a car and transported to a medical facility.

“Sometimes, they are even taken in wheelbarrows, motorcycles or bicycles especially in the rural areas,” Jessa said.

Every year in Nigeria nearly one million children under the age of five die from preventable diseases. The level of need in the rural areas is remarkable and the ambulance donation will save lives — not only by transporting patients to hospitals and healthcare facilities, but also moving and delivering supplies. The ambulance can even be used as an examination room.

“I am fortunate to have had the support of so many wonderful people,” Jessa said. “I cannot express enough how much this means to me, and I am deeply grateful to Mike and Trina Adkins at Portsmouth Ambulance, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Heartland of Portsmouth, Genesis HealthCare of Portsmouth and numerous others who donated generously to make the mission trip possible.”

 Jessa is board certified in Occupational-Environmental Medicine. To schedule an appointment, call (740) 356-7685. For more information, visit somc.org or like SOMC on Facebook at facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0728bank5.jpg Gate City landmark demolished

    The historic Catlettsburg National Bank Building was being taken down after the front dormer window collapsed on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • Local counties see drop in unemployment

    Boyd County was one of 117 counties that saw a decrease in its unemployment rate between June 2013 and June 2014.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726bigboy.JPG Big Boy to open Aug. 11

    The long-awaited Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant will open Aug. 11, and when it does it will be business as usual from day one: the eatery will open its doors to the early breakfast crowd at 6:30.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOAR meeting at MSU Aug. 6

    Morehead State University and St. Claire Regional Medical Center will present Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers as part of a "Health Impact Series" under the new Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • MSU moving business admin. program online

    Morehead State University’s School of Business Administration has announced its bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems has moved totally online beginning the fall 2014 semester.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • Thefts, fraud reported to APD

    The following information was taken from Ashland Police Department reports:
     

    July 27, 2014

  • Raceland couple join Peace Corps

    A couple from Raceland will travel to the Republic of Botswana on Aug. 10 to begin training as volunteers in the Peace Corps.

    July 27, 2014

  • Missing Boyd inmate returns to jail

    The Boyd County inmate who walked away from a work detail on Saturday turned himself back in to the Boyd County Detention Center on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0728MoreheadMusic_1457.jpg Hills alive with Old Time Music

    The hills surrounding Morehead were alive again this weekend with the sounds of fiddles, banjos and deep Appalachian voices that help keep old time mountain music alive in a modern world.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bill Clinton coming to eastern Kentucky to stump for Grimes

    By RONNIE ELLIS
    CNHI News Service

    GLASGOW — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 27, 2014