The Deputy Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme, Mr. Jack Lansana has been elevated to the post of Acting Manager after the departure of Dr. Baker who was heading the programme.
It is expected that with his wide experience as an Administrator and a Pharmacist who went through the ranks before reaching the rank of Registrar of Pharmacy Board, Mr. Lansana will beef up the programme which is working hard to make an impact on malaria eradication around the country.
Speaking to Awoko, Mr. Lansana said his alma maters are the Government Secondary School Kenema, and Prince of Wales School, Freetown. Aside from his two Masters degrees in Pharmaceutical Studies he said he has attended numerous workshops all over the world and he has gained enough experience to enforce positive change in his new department.
At the Pharmacy Board where he was Registrar since 1996, the Deputy Manager said he had a very good working relationship with all his staff members so much that most of them missed him when he left.
Mr. Lansana disclosed that at the Pharmacy Board he transformed a single room office space with just three staff into a fully regulatory agency having a staff of 80 personnel with regional offices across the country within 10 years.
He also stated that he did a one-month training of trainers for Chemists in Cote d’Ivoire adding that in May 2006 he traveled to Israel and did a post-graduate diploma in Health Systems Management at Galilee College. In 2008 he was back at Galilee College – this time to obtain a certificate in management of Human Resources in the Health Sector.
Staff members at the National Malaria Control Programme Office are already warming up to Mr. Lansana whom they described as “the people’s man, soft-spoken and humble; he is just the right man for the job”.
By Emmanuella Kallon