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Parliament vets new Health Minister, 8 others

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura

Newly appointed Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah

Newly appointed Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah

The Appointment and Public Service Committee in Parliament last Friday quizzed the newly appointed Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah and eight other nominees who are to serve in different public institutions.

Members of the committee posed several questions to especially Dr. Fofanah with regards the handling of the Ebola disease, which the ministry has so far failed to contain.

In his response, Dr. Fofanah informed the committee about his cordial relationship with other junior and senior officials of the ministry that has resulted in the construction of 27 medical centres in Bo, Kenema, Kono and Kailahun, among others.

He assured the committee that if approved, he will do all he can to ensure that logistics, including PPEs, are made available to health workers to enable them stop the further spread of the disease in the country.

“We have 19 ambulances on the way to help fight the Ebola disease,” he informed members and highlighted the lack of care and confidence by those that have contracted the disease as one of the challenges facing the ministry and partners.

He however assured that mechanisms are currently being put in place to address the situation and that if approved by the house, he will work assiduously for doctors to benefit from post-graduate courses to enable them specialise in critical areas for better healthcare delivery service in the country.

The other nominees include Madina S. Rahman as proposed Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II; Dr. Sullay Sisco Kamara – proposed Chairman of Statistics Sierra Leone Council; Ms. Margaret Vandy – Commissioner-East of the Right to Access to Information Commission; Dr. Emmanuel Conteh – proposed Member of Statistics Sierra Leone Council; Mohamed Alimamy Fofanah – proposed Member Statistics Sierra Lone Council; and Julian Cole – proposed member Serra Leone Commercial Bank Board, among others.