Health Ministry to Distribute 120 Ambulances
The Minister of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), Dr. Alpha Wurie has assured Sierra Leoneans of his ministry’s plan to distribute 120 Ambulances to health facilities across the country by October 2018.
Dr. Wurie made the assurance on Monday 17th September 2018 when presenting at the 2019 bilateral budgets discussions hosted at the Bank Complex, Kingtom in Freetown.
The Minister maintained that Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) will join the distribution of ambulances and drugs respectively and he appealed to stakeholders including Paramount Chiefs and other titled holders to serve as watch dogs for the facilities to be enjoyed by the intended beneficiaries.
He spoke about his intention to employ thousands of medical and health practitioners and described the Free Health Care which he said had funded by the UK Government since 2010 as a good initiative. He emphasized on the important to roll out ambulance scheme.
He discussed that the MOHS budgets is talking about improving services in the medical sector and called on all citizens and non-Sierra Leoneans to help protect health facility and drugs supply.
However, Dr. Wurie concluded by appealing to the Ministry of Finance to allocate the 15% budget to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. He said Community Health Centers must be able to do basic diagnostic and emphasized on the confidence the general populace have developed on the ministry to provide necessary services.
He responded to statement made about improving the Mental health and discussed on the important to help those set of human beings and spoke about the new system of taking care of mentally retarded people in mental home adding that about one hundred and eleven people have being removed from chains. “The school health is a flagship project of His Excellency Brigadier Retired Julius Maada Bio”, said the minister and reiterated that a huge number of young people who are getting pregnant and dying at birth are school going people.
In his statement, the Deputy Financial Secretary, Mathew Dingie stressed that all Sierra Leoneans are looking for better health services system adding that by next two months, new health workers names will be inserted into the payroll. “I will be proud if the health sector capable of catering for our people”, he told audience.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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