The National Commission for Social Action has commissioned the Yoni Health Centre and Petifu Fulamsa Court Barrie with funds from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) through the Sierra Leone community Driven Development project (SLCDD). It is aimed at assisting war- affected communities to reduce poverty and build local capacity for collection and improving social amenities in deprived communities.
Deputy Council Chairman for the Tonkolili District Foday Y. Kanu expressed profound gratitude to NaCSA for rehabilitating the Yonibana health post and Court Barray, so as to improve health care delivery within the area and to also maintain law and order through the local court system and procedures.
He also welcomed the Free Health Care Initiative and the Malaria Control programme for the reduction of deaths related to preventable disease and encouraged residents to make good use of the community health post and also cautioned nurses to be willing to accommodate patients and offer them the drugs they need.
He appealed to NaCSA for the construction of more staff quarters for other health posts in the Tonkolili District and rehabilitation of roads, schools and social amenities.
The Tonkolili District Health Sister, Biola Jeneba Lansana called on residents to embrace the community health post, as it is their first referral center in case of emergencies.
She stated that patients should always visit the hospital for any health-related complications.
The NaCSA Regional Coordinator North, Osman Turay, while delivering the keynote address, said the project is a demonstration of government’s commitment to improve health care delivery and to also maintain peace and sustainable development.
The project, he said, was implemented through a community-driven approach where a Community Management Committee (CMC) was formed to ensure effective implementation of the project.
He said the project was meant for the rehabilitation and extension of the Yonibana health post, with three furnished bedroom staff quarters and a hand-pump well including hospital bed and mattresses.
The NaCSA Regional Coordinator North, Osman Turay, said millions of Leones was spent on the rehabilitation of the court Barray which was also implemented in collaboration with locals to ensure its sustenance and cautioned that it should not be used for any entertainment activities besides court sittings and town meetings.
He said the court Barray also has furniture, a hand-pump well, six compartments VIP latrines and furniture, for the office of paramount chief and others.
Abass Turay, a representative of the Paramount Chief commended the government of Sierra Leone for constructing the court Barra, so as to settle community disputes and for rehabilitating the health centre. He cautioned against misuse of government properties.
Moses Bai Kamara, a local stakeholder, who chaired the ceremony, expressed thanks and appreciation to the government for promoting development within the community.