The Programme Manager at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Dr. Samuel A .S. Kargbo has said that a large consignment of medical drugs meant for the free health care program may expire at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority due to protracted delays in releasing them from the Quay.
This revelation was made at the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communication by Dr. Samuel Kargbo while giving updates on the free health care after first month of inception.
He expressed dismay and frustration over the lack of commitment and determination on the side of government agencies that are ungenerous to the free health care program to play their part.
The delay in releasing the medical drugs at both the quay and the airport at Lungi has adversely deprived many health centers and government hospitals from getting their supplies to administer to patients.
He said several health centers are currently running out of drugs for under five children which he said may likely weaken the free health care programs considering the influx of patients at health centers. The Programme Manager noted that some of the drugs have over stayed at the quay.
Dr. Kargbo also said that since the launch of the free health care one month ago, it has yielded positive results as infant and child mortality deaths has reduced adding that remuneration for health worker has also been increased .
He also explained that several health workers are undergoing training programmes while postings of medical doctors across the country are also in progress.