‘Malaria, polio will be key after Ebola’


- Deputy Health Minister

April 21, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay

The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation has said the ministry would take malaria and polio as top priority after defeating Ebola in the country.

Foday Sawi said the 2013 World Malaria Report, which ranks Sierra Leone as the country with the fifth-highest prevalence of the disease, reveals the struggle the country faces in controlling malaria.

Mr. Sawi was speaking at a one-day discussion forum at the ministry’s Youyi building conference room, jointly organized by WHO and UNICEF on how to improve the health sector in the country during post Ebola.

“The ministry would prioritize the tackling of malaria, polio, reproductive health and communicable diseases,” he said. “Even though we have been making progress in the recent years but there is need to improve and provide logistics to protect the people from malaria and polio.”

The health ministry has been distributing free bed nets across the country while at the same time sensitizing the public on the importance of a healthy nation.

The deputy minister said the health ministry was fully aware of the immense challenges and difficulties the country is going through and challenges that lie ahead.

The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 and infected thousands more since last May, brought the country’s ailing health system on its knees as hospitals and clinics closed down.

Meanwhile, USAID has announced a US$126 million package to help revamp the health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst affected by the virus.