The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has formally commissioned and handed over a community Health Post to the people of Guala Town in Dodo Chiefdom Kenema District. In his statement the chairman of the handing over ceremony and also a councilor representing ward 39 in the Kenema District Council Dominic Sedie Danga described the construction of the health centre as a very important milestone for the health of women and children in the Chiefdom. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the District Health Management Team (DHMT) and NaCSA for constructing the health centre in their community which will reduce the high rate of maternal and infant mortality in the ward and the country in general. Mr. Danga also said Local Councils were established in 2002 by an act of Parliament to help foster development at grassroots levels throughout the country and assured all that he will lobby the Councils and other development agencies for the actualization of development programmes across the board.
The Kenema District Health Sister Hawa Daramy said the Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the DHMT is committed towards the delivery of quality health programmes for all. He called on community members to make good use of the facility accorded them to improve on their health status. She disclosed that Sierra Leone is ranked at the bottom of the Human Development Index due to the high rate of maternal and infant mortality in the country and she assured all of government’s continuous commitment towards the improvement of the health sector. She said the Sierra Leone government under the leadership of His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to launch the free health care service for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of five on 27th April 2010 to address the problem of maternal and infant mortality in the country. Sister Daramy called on community members especially women to make good use of the health centre in their community adding that the community will receive more drugs if they visit the centre frequently with health complications. The Health Sister further encouraged and cautioned the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and pregnant women to stop buying drugs from drug peddlers in their communities to avoid exposing their lives to further health dangers. She appealed to all to continue to take care of the infrastructure and the materials at the centre as it belongs to the community.
By Saffa Moriba