Distribution of drugs meant for the free health care initiative have commenced at the new medical stores built with funds from the European Union at New England.
The Free Health Care Initiative will be launched by President Ernest Bai Koroma on April 27th, Independence anniversary Day for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five years.
It is a five year donor supported programme after which the government of Sierra Leone will take over.
The acting stores manager at the medical stores, Ibrahim Bangura in an interview with Awoko yesterday stated that the drugs have already arrived in Sierra Leone packed and labeled for distribution country- wide. He said all the handling of the drugs was done by UNICEF who is one of the major donors.
A civil society group, Health for All Coalition is monitoring the distribution and for any consignment, there is somebody that accompanies the drugs for safe delivery to the Community Health Officers. Simultaneously, the Africa Development Bank (ADB) is also distributing drugs in the provinces for the reproductive health programmes. Awoko saw the drugs for Pujehun District already loaded whilst that for Bombali is parked awaiting loading.
Sierra Leone’s’ health sector has been plagued with a daunting task by the high rate of infant and maternal mortality.
To compliment the free health care delivery, a fair salary for health workers has been approved, new medical stores in the Districts have also been constructed or under construction. By Ishmael Bayoh