Freetown June 23, 2015 (MOHS) – Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, a division of Chevron USA has expressed their commitment to assist Sierra Leone with its post Ebola Agenda for Transformation in the health sector.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Sanitation and other senior officials of the Ministry in the Ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown, Chevron’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs Regional Manager, Social Performance and Team Leader, Ndeem Anwar disclosed that there are funding potentials and a strategic platform to do a lot of interventions for the Ministry.
He spoke of needs assessment by the Ministry and its revised strategic plan with a view to kick-starting the project for its speedy implementation, adding that Chevron does not fund infrastructures but would explore other sources of support.
Mr. Anwar maintained that they would be looking at four key areas which include clinical care and infectious disease, tracking medical students, doctors and other health care workers on Infectious Disease, Health Care Research on public health and public health outreach and community engagement.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo underscored the importance of the project, pointing out that in the case of infrastructural support, other partners would be targeted to facilitate the construction of health facilities.
Making his response, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah told the visiting team that Aid sometimes comes with a prescription, but that the policy also sometimes looks at the priority of the beneficiaries.
He described the project as a laudable venture adding that the experiences of the Ebola outbreak demands partnership, and called for a tripartite engagement to fast track the implementation of the project.
Dr. Fofanah on behalf of the Ministry and government thanked Chevron for the initiative and looks forward to a fruitful partnership.