Limerick doctor to assist families in slums of Kenya

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Dr Thomas Power from Kilfinane is going to help in the slums of Kenya
A LIMERICK doctor is preparing to work in the slums of Kenya, where he will look after people receiving palliative care and patients with HIV.

A LIMERICK doctor is preparing to work in the slums of Kenya, where he will look after people receiving palliative care and patients with HIV.

Thomas Power, 25, from Ballinvreena outside Kilfinane, will travel to Kenya in January 2016 as part of the Care 4 Kenya team which consists of two doctors and two nurses.

“We plan to partake in voluntary work to help the less fortunate for two weeks,” Thomas explained.

“We are going to work in the slums of Kenya looking after palliative care patients and children. We will be administering oral vaccinations, partaking in dressing clinics, counselling and looking after HIV and TB patients,” he added.

The group have to raise about €10,000 to buy the medical supplies that they will take out with them and use on their mission. All money raised will be solely used for the people in Kenya.

“We hope to bring over as many items as possible,” Thomas explained.

“Our travel expenses will be funded by ourselves. We are confident our mission will be a success,” he added.

The group also includes Dr Risteard O’Lionaird from Killarney – Thomas and Risteard studied and trained together in UCC – and nurses Ann Murphy who lives in Cahir, County Tipperary and Una Hayes, who lives in Killenaule, County Tipperary.

Thomas Power is a locum senior house officer (SHO) working currently in Bantry General Hospital, County Cork. He trained in UCC and was a student of the class of 2013. He completed his Leaving Certificate at Tutorial College Limerick, speaks French and Irish and is currently learning German.

The group have already started fundraising for their trip abroad - Ann and Una organised a cake sale in the South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel and raised approximately €1,650. Risteard, meanwhile, organised a six-a-side soccer tournament in Clonmel on Friday night and raised just under €1,000. The group have also raised around €500 online.

Thomas is now preparing to host an open coffee day at his home in Ballinvreena on Sunday, July 26 from 2pm.

“There will be refreshments and a raffle,” explained his mother Marie.

“They will be continuing to arrange a number of other fundraising initiatives throughout the year.”

For further details on the fundraising initiatives, log onto https://care4kenya.wordpress.com/