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Minister tours health facilities

January 15, 2015 By Regina Pratt

Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, Tuesday 13 January continued his assessment tour to various health facilities across the country, as part of his ministry’s 2015-2016 and 2016-2020 visions.

At the Ola During Children’s Hospital and the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in Freetown, where he made his first stop, Dr. Fofanah met with senior medical staff of the two hospitals and informed them about the need to transform all regional hospitals into university teaching hospitals.

He said his mission was to assess the level of administrative and professional management of the hospitals, their challenges and constraints, and to provide them with the necessary support in a bid to revamp the ailing health sector.

“It takes time in meeting the challenges ahead,” he stressed, noting that with hope and professional sacrifice, patriotism, commitment, accountability and dedication to service within the framework of team spirit, the desired goal will be achieved.

Dr. Fofanah appealed to staff members to perform their roles and responsibilities with honesty, sincerity of purpose and professionalism, adding that in achieving the ultimate goal, every sector of the entire workforce was important.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, told the staff that the minister was not on a witch-hunt but on a mission to transform a battered health system placed in a deplorable state due to the 11 years civil war.

He said in the quest for transformation, attitude to work must be demonstrated, plus accountability in their stewardship as health professionals.

He expressed satisfaction over the access to hospitals by lactating mothers and pregnant women, noting that despite the Ebola outbreak free healthcare beneficiaries have begun having confidence in the country’s healthcare system.

Medical Superintendent at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Dr. Alimamy Koroma, emphasized the significant improvement in scaling down maternal mortality rate, improvement in the free healthcare programme and the implementation of the World Bank Performance Based Financing.

He cited as their challenges inadequate professional administrative staff and difficulty in accessing of funds.

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