November 18, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura
Member of Parliament representing the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) in Constituency 20 in the Kono district yesterday urged a robust monitoring of funds allocated to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation by both the government and international partners.
Hon. Dr. Aiah Dabundeh was speaking in Parliament as lawmakers continue to debate the 2016 national budget. He noted that a lot of money had been allocated to the health ministry, adding that a rigid monitoring mechanism must be put in place for proper accountability.
A total Le91.8 billion from the recurrent budget and an additional Le 68.7billion from the domestic capital budget have been allocated to the health ministry in the 2016 budget.
He said the deadly Ebola virus disease which struck the country in May 2014 and lingered until this November, exposed weaknesses in the health system, adding that lessons demand a robust monitoring and evaluation of activities in the ministry.
“We need a robust and quality monitoring system to monitor funds allocated to the health ministry. We also need advanced therapists for our people. We should work hard to boost our economy,” he said and urged more investment in the health sector.
According to him, if the huge funds allocated to the health sector were not handled properly, the country could in future still grapple with another health calamity.
He said the 2016 budget mainly focuses on post-Ebola recovery strategy as it was designed to make amends for lost development opportunities, adding that although people are concerned about education, energy and fisheries, citizens’ health should be paramount.