September 20, 2019
By Mohamed Massaquoi
Minister of Health and Sanitation has disclosed that Sierra Leone health sector will be comprehensively improved in the year 2020, as government has put the appropriate mechanisms in place to provide quality healthcare service for Sierra Leoneans.
Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie made the statement during the government weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Information and Communications conference hall yesterday .
He stated that only recently President Julius Maada Bio launched a five year action plan on health security which will add value to a resounding health system.
He further noted that some two days ago, the Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jundeh Jalloh commissioned the Rokupa hospital in the eastern part of the city as a strategy to reducing the high maternal mortality, adding that government is currently constructing five hospitals across Freetown.
“Before now, when you talk about Sierra Leone at international level what comes to mind are the Ebola outbreak and the mudslide which claimed the lives of citizens .That is the reason we are preparing for any health emergency,” he said.
“Based on the various plans put together, I am sure the health sector will improve by 2020. Very soon President Bio will launch the school healthcare scheme which will cater for 35 percent of Sierra Leone population.”
“Government free health care started in 2010 for lactating mothers and children under five. That scheme was fully funded by our friends in the UK.We think it was wrong until now we have started paying for the drugs,” he stated.
He said the Ebola survivors, the disable, among other disadvantaged people, have been included in the school healthcare scheme.
He said government will equip all community health centres so that they can provide the necessary services to the school children.
“Negotiations are ongoing in order to start a canser treatment in Sierra Leone by 2020. We need to improve on our health sector but this has to be a collective responsibility,” he concluded.