The Executive Director of Health for All Coalition has called upon the public and well minded citizens to closely monitor the distribution and use of drugs and other facilities made available in President Koroma’s Free Health care delivery package to be launched on April 27th, the 49th anniversary of Independence.
The Free Health Care Delivery is President Koroma’s initiative for pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children from 5yrs and below with the review of reducing the high rate of infant mortality and maternal rates in Sierra Leone. Distribution of drugs and other facilities started on Monday 19th April, 2010 and it will end on the 27th of April when it is expected that all the health centers and hospitals will actually have access to all the drugs to be supplied to these three categories of people.
According to the Director of Health for all Coalition Sierra Leone Mr. Charles Mambu, the distribution caters for all the 12 District headquarter Towns. He said there are two loading points: The Central Medical Stores, New England Ville and it is supervised by UNICEF and the UNFPA Store at Wilkinson Road, Freetown.’ These drugs and other consumables are transported in Trucks, and trailers hired from private transport owners. He added that the package contains cartoons of drugs, pallets, and oxygen.
According to the monitoring plan by Health for All Coalition Sierra Leone, off loading of the containers must be witnessed by the officers of the Health for All Coalition until they get to their destinations.
It is also stated in the monitoring plan that particulars of the vehicles, type, number, name of driver, destination, time of departure, and arrival of destination are recorded and signed by both the dispatching team and receiving officers and the quantity of drugs supplied for all destination headquarter towns as of Wednesday 21st April 2010 has been attached.
By Emmanuella Kallon