ACC schools health workers in Bombali District.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Tuesday 4th June 2013, educated health workers at Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), Community Health Centers (CHCs), and Community Health Posts (CHPs) in the Bombali District. (Photo: District Health Sister Bombali Sr. Annie Briggs welcoming ACC to the meeting with In-Charges)
This was in the form of sensitization meeting held at the primary health care Conference Hall, Stocco in Makeni.
Speaking at the engagement, District Health Sister Annie Briggs admonished the health workers to refrain from corruption. She expressed great delight for the presence of ACC and thanked them for the daunting task as the fight was getting tougher and tougher.
Addressing the DHMT staff, the Regional Manager ACC North Mr. Patrick Sandi implored all to work diligently and conscientiously so that the Free Health Care (FHC) program will succeed. Mr. Sandi maintained that the Commission was receiving reports from villages which were not encouraging as they bordered around nurses soliciting charges/monies before services were delivered to FHC beneficiaries. He warned them to desist from such malpractices as they were punishable by law.
The Regional Manager furthered that the development of Sierra Leone was the business of all and as health practitioners they were very strategic to the implementation of the FHC initiative. Mr. Sandi highlighted key offences in the AC Act 2008 that relate to their work such as, misappropriation of public/donor funds/property, soliciting and receiving advantage, abuse of office/position and protection of public property and revenue. “A healthy nation is a wealthy nation, therefore the nurses are expected to deliver their services selflessly for the good of humanity”, Manager Sandi stressed.
In his submission, the District Medical Officer (DMO) Bombali, Dr. Yakuba Bah thanked the Commission for their diverse interventions in the operations of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, particularly in ensuring that the FHC succeeds despite the numerous challenges. Dr. Bah also commended the District Health Management Team (DHMT) for their courage and advised them to do the right thing always in order to avoid being in conflict with the law.
Various speakers urged the ACC to play an advocacy role to Government so that nurses’ conditions of service would be improved and also to deal with the issue of ‘quack’ or ‘peppeh’ doctors masquerading in the village communities as certified nurses.
Questions and answers session formed part of the meeting.
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