As part of the global commitment to help Sierra Leone recover from the impact of the Ebola epidemic, the World Bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation yesterday launched two health service delivery projects.
Held at the Radisson Blu, Aberdeen, officials from the Ministries of Health and Sanitation, and Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security together with health donor partners launched the health service delivery and systems support project (HSDSSP) and the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Programme (RDSSEP), all aimed at supporting the 10-24 months Ebola recovery plan and the President’s Recovery Priorities.
During the two-project launch, donors called for checks and balances as well as effective monitoring during the 3-year implementation period, noting that the world is experiencing global scarcity of resources; as a result implementers of the two projects must be transparent and accountable.
According to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Brima Kargbo, the objective of the two health projects are to increase the utilization and improve the quality essential maternal and child health services and provide immediate and effective response in the event of a crisis.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Abubakarr Fofanah and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Lovell Thomas, said they would collaborate and implement the two projects which will boost health in the country, as a major disease outbreak of any type, be it human or animal, can have serious socio-economic effects, which may impact the national economy, as was evident in the case of the Ebola epidemic.
Both Ministers stressed that planning for emergency disease eradication or control programmes cannot be left until a disease outbreak has occurred. In such a climate, mistakes will be made, resources will be misused and deficiencies will be greatly amplified, and delays will result in further spread of the disease and higher costs.
The two projects will also improve the surveillance system for early detection of both human and animal diseases.
On behalf of the UN family, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative in Sierra Leone, Andres Nordstrom stated that the two health projects are very timely and are much in line with Government’s priority projects.
Thursday January 12, 2017