The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miatta Kargbo, has said that she will champion the cause of teenage pregnancy, through effective supervision, monitoring and evaluation of all programmes and health facilities in the country.
She made this statement at her Youyi Building Office, during a courtesy call on her by Phil Evans, Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Sierra Leone and Liberia to join hands with the ministry to discuss issues relevant towards the improvement of the country’s health care delivery system.
The Minister, Miatta Kargbo expressed determination and commitment to work with partners like DFID and looks forward to a good working relationship.
She lamented that DFID has been supportive in complementing the efforts of the President, who is highly committed to ensure quality accessible and affordable health care delivery services for its citizens and people living in Sierra Leone.
Miatta Kargbo underscored the importance of human resource capacity building for Hospital Managers to move the health care delivery system forward, the establishment of Regional Diagnostic and Laboratory Centres, improved Tele medicines Universal Coverage and internal and external post graduate training on key specialist areas to fill the human resource gaps in the health facilities.
She advocated for more technical assistance and continued support to adolescent health, strengthening health care financing with the help of the councils and partners to meet the challenges ahead.
Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Sierra Leone and Liberia Phil Evans said DFID will continue support to Sierra Leone maintaining that with the relationship with the ministry in line with their country programme, they would continue to collaborate on health system strengthening, maintain the integrity of the drugs supply chain management, the Free Health Care Initiative and support and tackle key issues towards achieving the Agenda For Prosperity.
UNICEF and other implementing partners spoke on some key health indicators on maternal and child health, water and sanitation and ante natal and post natal care programmes, the private sector, and increased access to deliver quality health care in all health facilities.
Challenges in providing quality health care and access to facilities and referral system in rural communities formed part of the deliberations.
By Emmanuella Kallon