The Rawlings Foundation in Sierra Leone past Friday 28th May turned the sod to commence the construction of a modern hospital at Newton in Koya Section in the Western Rural District of Sierra Leone.
The Minister of Lands Country Planning and the Environment Dr. Denis Sandy turned the sod to officially give the green light for the foundation to carry on with the construction work.
Explaining to guests the need for such a facility to be constructed within the Koya community, the Director of Rawlings Foundation Abdul Conteh said in 2007 they undertook a needs assessment survey of the community and they discovered that people in this area are badly in need of a health facility and education.
He said the foundation then decided to focus on the two areas starting with the construction of a modern hospital that will serve the entire Western Rural District, and further disclosed that the foundation intends to utilize the 40 acres of land which was given to them by government.
Conteh further stated that within that period they hope to construct a Bible College, sports centre and school but they are targeting the completion of the hospital towards the country’s 50th anniversary celebration.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Lands Country Planning and the Environment Dr. Denis Sandy commended the Rawlings Foundation for complementing government’s effort in providing basic health and social services to people in rural communities. He encouraged the people of Koya and the Newton community to give their full support to the project as it will benefit them and generations yet unborn. Denis Sandy also said the commencement of the construction will help to provide job opportunities for young people in the community and strongly advised them not to do anything that will stifle the progress of the work.
He pledged his Ministry’s unwavering support to the Rawlings Foundation and called on all stakeholders to support their developmental drive.
By William Freeman