Presenting a status report on the man power of health workers in Sierra Leone in the opening session of the intergovernmental commission at the foreign affairs ministry, Dr Patrick Robert from the health ministry said that, Sierra Leone is loosing qualified health workers at an alarming rate.
He added that, these personnel include mainly doctors and nurses who are leaving for better conditions of service either in the private sector within the country, or in overseas institutions.
Dr Robert, noted that, it is clear that the ministry of health and sanitation has gross shortage of trained manpower, and the situation has further been exacerbated, especially at this time, by an increase in demand for quality health care services.
A greater proportion of the few personnel in-post, he disclosed are concentrated in urban areas, particularly in Freetown, the Capital city of the country and this is mainly due, among other things, to lack of adequate staff accommodation in rural areas, partly as a result of the negative effect of a ten year brutal war, which devastated the very fabric of every institution in the country.
He added that, health care, unlike some other services, is elaborately capital intensive and therefore, requires a heavy input of various resources, human as well as financial in order to enhance quality, efficiency and equitable provision of services.
Dr Robert maintained that, during a human resource data survey, it was clear that the health personnel, responsible for service delivery, at all levels of health, had more work load as it was clearly indicated by a target personnel population ratio.
He disclosed that the doctor population ratio in 2006-07 was one doctor for every 78,125 Sierra Leoneans (1:78,125.)