Member of Parliament Hon. Philip T. Tondoneh of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has said in Parliament that the newly introduced free health care programme by His Excellency the President is marred by poor public sensitization especially in the provinces.
He deliberated extensively on the little know-how from the layman’s perspective about the implementation of the programme meant to save pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five.
The MP stated with concern that people do not understand the nature of the programme and how it is working. As a result beneficiaries are not judiciously utilizing the facility; an attempt which is bound to jeopardize the good intention of the President
He maintained that medical practitioners who are charged with the responsibility to execute the initiative are treating it with utmost levity “most hospitals especially in the provinces are not attending to patients adequately. Drugs given cater little to cure the sicknesses of the target groups. The event as a result has not earned the desired result in the interior and it is heart rendering”
Hon. Tondoneh said that MPs who are undeniably representatives of constituencies where this event is unfolding were not holistically involved in the sensitization campaign; presumably by neglect.
He suggested that “the only way the President’s good will initiative would be fully realized is to mount a vigorous campaign seeing the involvement of MPs in a bid to let the public get a better understanding of the programme, its nature and its consequence.
By Poindexter Sama