Sierra Leone: Partners in Health Sierra Leone have engaged Members of Parliament through the Oversight Committee on Planning and Economic Development in a one-day workshop where they disclosed their plans to construct an ultra-modern hospital in Kono.
This is part of the Organisation’s continued support towards providing quality and accessible health service for not only the people of the east but the nation at large.
Addressing the stakeholders of PIH, the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Hon. Mathew Sahr Nyuma, commended them for their good work over the years particularly during the Ebola disease outbreak and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He opined that over the years, Kono District has been lagging behind in terms of development in all sectors despite being one of the richest Districts in the country with long years of mining activities. He assured the PIH members that the proposal to construct a maternity hospital in Kono is a timely move towards promoting the free health care initiative.
The Opposition Whip, Hon. Hassan Abdoul Sesay, disclosed that PIH is not only operating in Kono but also Port Loko which clearly demonstrated their effort towards supporting the country’s development.
The Leader of the Coalition For Change (C4C), Hon. Saa Emmerson Lamina, was appreciative of the proposed ultra-modern hospital to be constructed, which according to him will boost the health sector, noting that the people of Kono have been suffering for far too long when it comes to the area of development and that the intervention of PIH had changed the face of the sector gradually.
The Chairman of the oversight Committee on Planning and Economic Development Hon. Musa Fofanah appreciated the efforts of Partners In Health Sierra Leone for it intervention in Kono and the engagement, noting that this was what was expected from NGOs as the representatives of the people.
The PIH Executive Director, Joh Lascher maintained that they have been in Sierra Leone for some years now and have been helping the government of Sierra Leone improve the health sector by constructing Peripheral Health Units HUs, providing technical assistance to health workers and skill trainings among others.
According to him, Sierra Leone was one of the countries with weak health facilities in Africa, which is responsible for the country to be among those with highest mortality rate, but that the death rate had now, reduced in other parts based on PIH intervention.
Joe Lascher noted that the proposed hospital for Koindu City would soon kick off and that PIH has already secured the sum of eighteen Million United States dollars but pleaded to the government to provide the remaining six million dollars to fast track the project.
The engagement that was held at the Committee Room No 1, attracted the Ministries of Health and Sanitation, Planning and Economic Development among others.