The National Malaria Control Programme in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone (PBSL) has ended training for patent drug sellers in Kenema District at the District Council Hall in Kenema City.
In his opening remarks the chairman of the Association Aiah Swaray of the Drug Information and Pharmacy Vigilant Department said the training is aiming at educating participants in the District on Malaria Control Programme within the various communities in the country.
Mr.Swaray said that Patent Medicine sellers are the first contact people in the community who are infected with various diseases and therefore encourage them to take the training seriously as it will improve their standard to a valuable health service delivery. He also said Patent Medicine sellers have a crucial role to play in giving better health services to the people especially those living in the remote parts of the country.
In his contribution the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the National Malaria Control
Programme Musa Sillah disclosed that previously people have been taking different types of drugs for malaria treatment which he says is creating serious health implication and therefore advised the participants not to only sell drugs to the public but to also serve as an adviser to drugs users and abuses in their respective communities. Sillah said they are collaborating with the national Pharmacy Board to ensure a better health service delivery in the country.
During her contribution Fatmata Gassimu of the Pharmacy Board eastern region underscored the importance of the training adding that it will help reduce some of the problems associated with Patent Drug selling in the country. She said malaria is one of the killer diseases that has claimed the lives of many people in Sierra Leone.