The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) on Wednesday received medical equipments and drugs from the World Health Organization (WHO) worth about five hundred thousand United States Dollars ($500,000).
The items are: 10,120 doses of Tamiflu and two sets personal protective equipments for the management of infleunza A (H1N1), computer accessories, 7 packages of MDT regimen for the treatment of leprosy, 7,450 insecticide treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria, 40 cartons of mannequins to be used during trainings on child survival interventions especially neonatal resuscitation which is key to saving lives of children, computer and accessories and skin snip as support to the National Onchocerciasis program, assorted sanitary tools to promote actions by communities in the prevention of water and sanitation related diseases, eight electric blood banks, four solar powered blood banks and blood bags.
Presenting the items at the Medical Store , Jomo Kenyetta Road, WHO Country Representative, Dr Wondimagenhehu Alemu said that it was a pleasure for him to deliver on behalf of the Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan and the Regional Director of the WHO African Region to the (MoHS ),Sheku Tejan Koroma.
Dr Alemu reiterated that, blood transfusion is a health priority in the country. To assist the Ministry alleviate this problem, he stated that, WHO was able to mobilize funds from Irish Aid Sierra Leone to purchase 8 electric blood banks, four solar powered blood banks (complete with solar panels and batteries), blood bags (large, medium and pediatric) blood giving and taking equipments, 3 Toyota Hilux vehicles (one for each blood centres in Makeni, Bo and Kenema) and computers and accessories.
He assured that WHO country Office will support the MoHS facilitate the installation of these regional blood transfusion centres.
The Country Representative noted that, the donation is part of the continued process of supporting health related programs of the Ministry with special focus of preparation for influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, controlling malaria, leprosy and river blindness, reducing infant mortality and promoting environmental sanitation.
Dr Alemu pointed out that, while they provide these items to control disease and prevent morbidity and mortality, it is important to recognize the partnership with European Union and Irish Aid through the joint UN programme.
He hoped that the donation will contribute to the improvement of the health of Sierra Leone.
Accepting the items, the Minister of MoHS, Sheku Tejan Koroma expressed thanks and appreciation to WHO on behalf of the government and people of Sierra Leone.
He said that, most of the hospitals in the country lack blood bank, the donation of these items will help the regional hospitals and the ministry’s blood bank.
Koroma maintained that, the bed nets will help intensify the fight against Malaria in the country.
By Abibatu Kamara