More than 80 young people have enrolled into the youth employment scheme that was recently launched in the northern district headquarter town of Port Loko, according to the district’s medical officer.
Analyzing the scheme, Dr. Victor Matt-Lebbie disclosed that 55 of them would be employed as birth registrars and health promoters, while 20 will work as stock control clerks particularly focusing on the aspect of drugs. Nine others will serve as waste-management personnel.
He said an effective health care delivery depends on an accurate database, and expressed optimism that the newly enrolled personnel would help develop a truer picture of the demographic profile in all the 96 peripheral units for a well informed policy that will improve the health standard of Sierra Leoneans.
Director General of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Anthony Koroma said more than 10,000 youths had been employed nationwide under the health sector alone.
Three more projects, he said, had already been outlined for Port Loko district under the youth enterprise development.
Nr Koroma said plans were underway to establish an office in the township that would service both Port Loko and Kambia districts.
The scheme was officially launched by the Chief Administrator for the District, Mr. M.S. Kargbo who said: “This is the right path to development and to further enhance patriotism among the youth and debar them from destructive tendencies.”
The initiative is a three-year project that aims to address the issue of joblessness among the youth.
It was co-funded by the Ministries of Youth and Health and Sanitation, as well as the Port Loko District Council.