The SLPP MP for Bo Hon Eric Jumu has scolded the Health Ministry for the worsening conditions of the Health Sector in the Country. The MP raised concern in Parliament about expired drugs supplied to the Kailahun Hospital and yesterday, he reacted to a press release from the Ministry of Health debunking the statement of the MP.
Hon Jumu informed Parliament that he was very passionate when he raised the concern as he had earlier had discussions with the Human Resource Manager, Personnel Manager and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry before making his comments. He also disclosed that both the Establishment Secretary and the Secretary to Cabinet had fore knowledge of his meeting with the Ministry Officials. He then disclosed that the Ministry’s press release admitted that expired drugs were at Kailahun Hospital and referred to sec 98-99(1) of the 1991 constitution which gives freedom of speech, debates and proceedings in Parliament which should not be impinged or questioned in any court or place outside Parliament. That freedom, he complained, had been tampered with and questioned. “I see this as contempt”, he said. He revealed that during the visit of the President to the medical stores, he saw a box of drugs with the inscription “expired” written on it. The Speaker, Justice Nathaniel Abel Stronge urged him to make his complaints in writing and attach the copy of the Ministry’s press release and address it to him for which necessary action would be taken.