July 5, 2016 By Alusine Sesay
As part of his press tour in Sierra Leone, Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor of the Japan Embassy in Sierra Leone Friday commissioned an ultra-modern peripheral health centre at Kunsho village, Yele, in Sander Chiefdom, Bombali District.
Addressing the gathering at the commissioning, Counsellor Sigeru Umetsu said the project to construct the health centre became a reality with funds allocated under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme from the Government of Japan to Timap for Peace and Development Organisation on February 26, 2015.
The project funds, which he said amounted to about ninety-five thousand United States Dollars, catered for the construction works of the health centre, nurses quarter, toilet, incinerator, water system, and provision of furniture, medical equipment and motorbike ambulance.
He said the resources were envisioned to improve healthcare services particularly for pregnant and lactating women, new born babies, children and men faced with all types of tropical diseases.
“The centre shall also serve as a practicing centre for medical students studying the para-medical school run by Bombali District. We can all witness that this facility is ready for use and benefit all the people of Kunsho village and its surrounding communities, offering enhanced health services,” he said.
He commended TIPDO and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for their efforts in ensuring the completion of the project, thus emphasising the continuous role played by the Japanese Government as one of Sierra Leone’s development partners meeting its development targets.
Counsellor Umetsu expressed hope that the project would benefit the population of Kunsho as well as other communities in the Bombali District.
“I will encourage you all to ensure the maximum use of this needed facility, sustaining it for generation ahead,” he said.
Director of TIPDO, Ibrahim Kargbo, referred to the project as a dream come true and thanked the Japanese Government for providing the needed funds to construction and equip the health centre.
He said the construction of the ultra-modern health centre was a step towards achieving primary healthcare for people in the Bombali district.
He continued that the health centre represents a solid reality that is expected to serve between 4000 to 5000 people, and that it was a boost for people to access quality healthcare.
He told the gathering that his organisation works towards improving healthcare in the Kunsho community and the country at large.
Bombali District Council Chairman, John Koroma, described the commissioning of the health centre as a significant milestone in the history of relationship between the governments of Japan and Sierra Leone.
He said the Ebola outbreak exposed weakness in the country’s health sector, adding that the construction of the health centre was timely and a step in the right direction in complementing the government’s efforts in building a resilient health system.