Mainstreaming Corruption, ACC briefs MOHS on its just concluded Outreach Services in 12 districts

Freetown, Jul. 1, 2015 (MOHS) – Briefing Senior Officials of the Health and Sanitation Ministry in the Ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown on Tuesday June 30, 2015, the ACC Policy and Ethics Officer, Mr. Abu Bakarr Kamara reported key issues in their findings which included human resources capacity in most of the peripheral health units in the districts.
ACC                                                                         ACC Policy and Ethics Officer, Mr. Abu Bakarr Kamara

He said the exercise was a bottom top strategy approach which started from May 18, 2015 to June 1, 2015 covering all operational areas.

Mr. Kamara disclosed that there were people in duty stations that were providing services but not legitimately employed by government and called for administrative intervention to fast track their appointment through the Human Resource Management Officer.

He outlined flaws on the procurement process in operational areas, the pre-finances by District Medical Officers to address urgent challenges for their operations as a result of delays in the disbursement of funds, administrative impropriety on corruption risk and poor working relationship and weak collaboration between some Councils and the District Health Management Team.

Mr. Kamara also reported absenteeism, weak collaboration between NGOs, implementing partners and the District Health Management Team, and the low attention given to the School Health Programme to deliver services in most of the health facilities.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Mr. David Banya described the report as a process for improved service delivery devoid of corruption, adding that ACC has a role to change the status quo through recommendations at high level to address the salaries and wages of public servants in Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

ACC1Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Mr. David Banya

A holistic reform, he said is needed to effect the change.

On the recruitment of staff, Mr. Banya said the process is ongoing with the Human Resource Management Office, and thanked the team for putting the Ministry in a position that would help to manage their findings.

ACC2Director of Human Resource for Health, Haja Mariatu Koroma

The Director of Human Resource for Health, Haja Mariatu Koroma disclosed current plans to recruit and deploy graduate trained and qualified Account Officers and Hospital Secretaries in all government hospitals.

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