The APC manifesto has said that the health system in Sierra Leone is very bad and needs urgent attention. The whole country is serviced by less than six physician doctors, less than four surgeon specialists and less than three hundred nurses in the employ of government.
The APC established the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and the National School of Nursing while in governance. Disappointingly the SLPP government rendered these institutions unproductive and unable to meet our nation’s health needs.
This lack of vision on the part of the SLPP government has had a devastating effect in the country to the extent that life expectancy has reached an all time low of 35 years for females and 33 for males.
Malaria and Tuberculosis are prevalent and widespread. HIV and AIDS prevalence is estimated at 4.9%. Nutrition has worsened across the nation owing to the inability of the SLPP government in fulfilling its promise of attaining food
security for all by 2007. The APC believes that like education, health is both a
human goal and human investment through which development can be achieved.
This is why the APC is committed to providing affordable health services to all Sierra Leoneans and shall adopt policies towards improving and upgrading the
health, environmental sanitation infrastructural facilities in both urban and rural areas.
The health service has been dysfunctional because of: lack of hospitals and health centres; insufficient numbers of doctors and nurses; Poor conditions of service; lack of adequate equipment; lack of energy and power supply and inadequate medical supplies
The objectives of an APC government shall allocate resources for a rapid rehabilitation of existing hospitals and health centers in all districts headquarters and chiefdoms.
They will provide better working conditions and facilities to our doctors and nurses and support staff. While acknowledging the important role traditional healers play within our own health care service, encourage cooperation between them and western trained health delivery service providers and equip hospitals with adequate medical supplies.
As a government the APC will fully empower local council authorities to take up their responsibilities for the delivery of dependable health care services to their people.
They will ensure that public health education (sanitation and hygiene) form an integral part of formal education curriculum. Adult and community learning on the subject of public health will also form part of our urban and rural education programme.
Pay attention to areas of the country prone to high levels of infant and maternal mortality, the incidence of diarrhea, malaria, cholera and river blindness and ensure effective health service provision by improving the capacity of all district referral hospitals.
Promote a health programme through environmental sanitation awareness, education on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and family planning. In spite of massive international support, far too little has been done to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout the country.
An APC government will continue to collaborate with the international community to control this scourge and revisit the current cost recovery scheme with a view to making it more accessible and affordable nationwide.