The Leadership Empowerment and Development organization (LEAD) Global is an international development and consultancy agency that exists to identify, encourage and empower leaders of character to be agents of change and influence.
The organization yesterday briefed journalists at the Ministry of Health conference hall on the organization’s plan for 2011 especially the Sierra Leone medical initiative that is being done in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
The President of LEAD Global Mr. Don C. Osman told the press that the organization is here to boost the free health care as pronounced by the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on April 27, 2010. He also said there is a 40 feet container which arrived on the 9th of January, 2011 with medical equipments especially for the Ola During Children’s Hospital.
He further added that over the last 35 years he has been out of the country working together with stakeholders’ in order to support the President’s goal to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate.
Mr. Osman also said before going abroad they did an assessment of six hospitals: Ola during, PCMH, Magburaka Makeni, Kenema and Bo hospitals. But this first consignment will specifically be looking at Ola during Children’s Hospital.
He said that his organization is basically working for children that are in need, and that they have supported the El Shaddai Children’s Home and School, Freetown Street Kids Project and Foundation. “This is in response to the free health care in order to address the infant and maternal mortality rate for pregnant women and lactating mothers,” he added.
He admonished all that these facilities are ours because we are paying our taxes therefore whatever facility that the government provides for us must be used appropriately for the benefit of the general public.
Concluding he said that when the equipments will be commissioned he will call on the media houses to send the message out to the public in order to maintain accountability and transparency in all facets of the Ministry.
The government of Sierra Leone was also represented by the Senior Permanent Secretary Mr. Edward Bai Kamara who lauded the effort of LEAD. He further stated that the organization has come with a number of equipments for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and they will continue to be grateful to them. He emphasised that the equipment will be used for their intended purpose and proper maintenance strategy will be enforced with the Ministry officials to facilitate LEAD’S effort. The remaining hospitals will be considered as it is going to be done one at a time. The equipment includes incubators and other consumables to be used in the hospitals.
By Nancy Koroma