US Ambassador Discloses Plan to Recommence Lassa Fever Ward
US Ambassador Discloses Plan to Recommence Lassa Fever Ward Construction and Donation of 24 Ambulances to aid Sierra Leone Ebola Fight
Freetown, Nov, 12, 014 (MOHS) – The American Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover (in photo) has expressed his Government’s commitment to recommence the construction of the Lassa Fever Ward in Kenema.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Sanitation at his Youyi Building Office in Freetown, Ambassador Hoover underscored the importance for the completion of the construction of the Lassa Fever Project noting the success story of the Lassa Fever Treatment in the country and its strategic value in the post Ebola era.
The Envoy reiterated that the complex would be the property of the Ministry and the government of Sierra Leone as well as the host community and would develop a matrix for profitable collaboration in terms of effective and efficient service delivery.
Ambassador Hoover also disclosed the donation of 24 ambulances, mortuary vehicles and motor bikes that are due next month to compliment government’s efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.
Head and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abubakar Fofanah on behalf of government thanked the American government for their continued support, describing the commencement of the Lassa Fever treatment complex as a laudable venture that would be factored into the Ministry’s health systems strengthening post Ebola activities
He noted that the success story surrounding the lassa fever laboratory and treatment, and the emerging challenges as a result of the Ebola outbreak, adding that the building of a fence between the laboratory and the new complex, separating it from the hospital setting would help wipe off what he referred to as the psychological influence on the minds of the people.
Dr. Fofanah described the disclosure of the donation of the 24 ambulances, mortuary vehicles and motor bikes by the US government as a welcome news, noting its strategic importance in the ongoing fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in the country.
The USAID Team Lead, Office of Country Support Bureau for Global Health, Madam Willa Pressman, spoke about plans for post Ebola activities, the US Congress for the Ebola Response, and the countries preparedness to roll out activities of NGO’s, the gaps, challenges, and the current and post Ebola needs of the Ministry.
Making his response, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah expressed his commitment to strengthening programs management and Internal Audit within the Ministry with the execution of Donor funds to accelerate transparency and accountability in health project administration as well as logistics management.
The minister advocated for support in the area of referrals with the construction of feeder roads, mobility for outreach services, Training and capacity building, support for the provision of refrigerators to support potency of vaccine and cold chain services in peripheral health units, and an Independent National ambulance service that would be free of cost for Free Health Care beneficiaries across the country.
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