October 19, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay
A U.S.-based organisation, Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) from Maryland, last week pledged to provide more support to the health sector.
In a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Executive Director of APHL, Scott J. Becker, said his main aim of visiting the country was to see how his organisation could identify the needed areas for more support.
According to him, his organisation had been rendering help to Sierra Leone since 2009 to improve the health sector.
“I am very happy to be here and discuss about what should be done to improve the health sector, especially to build the Ebola recovery plan,” said Becker in a meeting with health officials at the ministry’s conference room at Youyi building in Freetown.
Public health laboratory specialist, Dr. Haja Isatta Wurie, who facilitated the meeting, said she was elated to have brought experts to improve on the country’s health challenges.
“Mr. Becker is here to explore further priority areas of assistance within the ministry’s post-Ebola recovery plan and to help strengthen its priority programme,” said Dr. Wurie.
In his response, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, described the team’s visit as significant, even at the time of zeroing the Ebola infection countrywide.