Freetown, Mar 5, 2015 (MOHS) – A four day workshop on the development of Post Ebola Health Recovery District Health Plans has started at the Bank of Sierra Leone Bank’s Complex at Kingtom in Freetown.
Organized by the Ministry of Health Directorate of Health Systems Strengthening, Planning and Information, the workshop aims at validating strategies and interventions proposed from the central level, and to develop district and hospital specific components of the Health sector Recovery Plan.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah told participants that a Health Sector Recovery Plan has to be both national and sub national and calls for the active participation and involvement of the districts in building a resilient functional health system for Sierra Leone.
He expressed appreciation over work done within a period of 45 days on the planning stage, adding that he was impressed with the achievement towards the development of a comprehensive Health System Recovery Plan that would be feasible in three months’ time.
Dr. Fofanah reminded his audience to strike what he referred to as a realistic balance in building a resilient health system that would be seen as a solid recovery plan.
Commenting on the recently concluded EU Ebola Conference in Brussels, March 4, 2015, Dr. Fofanah, as part of the Sierra Leone delegation, described the country’s Recovery Plan Presentation as solid for the coming next World Bank and other forum, and reassured his entire staff of providing them a conducive working environment with their support.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo described the event as a platform to chat the way forward for a National Recovery Plan that will be presented to the Health Minister for the attention of government and its resourceful implementation.
He re-echoed the words of the Minister that the Post Ebola Plan will not be completed without the involvement of the districts and encouraged participants to critically look at key priority areas, and the strategic pillars within the frame work of the Agenda for prosperity.
The Chief Medical Officer reiterated the need for the review of the 2010 National Health Sector Strategic Plan and the completion and submission of the National Recovery Plan in April 2015.
Director of Health Systems Strengthening, Planning and Information, Dr. Samuel Kargbo dilated on key issues on the challenges, Health Workers and Health Workforce Safety, Information and Surveillance thematic area, Implementation of the Basic Package of Essential Health Services, and Resource mobilization.
The workshop which ends on Sunday March 8, 2015 attracted Medical Superintendents, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Finance Officers in all district hospitals, District Medical Officers, District Health Sisters and participants from the Local Councils.