Freetown, Aug. 24, 015 (MOHS) – Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has told doctors, nurses and other staff of the Ministry at the Closing Ceremony of its four days Mid-Year Review meeting in Freetown that they have collectively made gains by identifying the strength and weaknesses in their various area of operations.
He commended both the professional administrative wings of the Ministry for the successful end of the meeting and called on all to exploit the challenges posed by the Ebola outbreak with a view to demonstrating their tremendous efforts in the fight to contain the disease in the country.
Dr. Fofanah said it is but fitting to measure the resilient service to the nation and the progress made so far.
He recounted the progress made on the year under review and encourages participants to take the Recovery Phase as the greatest challenge to achieve the desired goal.
The Minister noted the long standing history with health development partners on the value for partnership, but that such relationship must now be guided by the principles of sustainable growth and development within the frame work of the Post Ebola Recovery Programme and the Ministry’s Service Level Agreement.
“Vigilance, monitoring and supervision are therefore going to be key activities of the Ministry during the Recovery period. This this the minister opine is the only way the Ministry would be able to ensure that its vision is translated to reality and maintain the confidence of the people”.
Commenting on the Service Level Agreement (SLA) Dr. Fofanah told his audience that the SLA is aimed at improving coordination with implementing partners, prevent duplication, ensure appropriate prioritization, and value for money. The SLA he added is expected to commence its first set of the Signing Ceremony on Thursday August 27, 2015 with those implementing partners who have fulfilled the criteria for signing.
Dilating on some of the achievements, Dr. Fofanah outlined some of the success stories which included support from the Human Resources Management Office to undertake human resources capacity building in all health facilities, Post Graduate residency programme, National Ambulance Services, and the revival of the Sanitary programme with Public Health Aides among other achievements for posterity. These achievements the Minister said would remain the legacy of his tenure with staff support and encourage them to remain focused.
“As you are all aware, the implementation of the President 6-9 months Early Recovery Agenda has already commenced. I am pleased to report that our sector is doing very well. The planning for the 10-24 months Recovery Agenda is underway and I count on the usual support of all of you to its success”, opined Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Banya advocated for continued commitment and dedication to service to achieve the vision of the leadership of the Ministry in building a winning team.
He described the Minister as a development oriented personality that is determine to translate government’s priorities into reality by the time we get to 2016, and encouraged all to forge ahead with the challenges with a view to making the necessary impact.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo in his statement encouraged District Medical Officers, Hospital Superintendents and other health workers to work as a team in meeting the challenges ahead with a view to achieving the Agenda for Prosperity.
He disclosed the provision of Ambulances and official vehicles to all District Medical Officers to enhance mobility in executing their duties. The provision of the vehicles he said will help in carrying out effective and efficient service delivery.
Dr. Kargbo lauded the leadership of the Ministry for his open door policy, and the strides undertaken in making the Ministry a more viable institution, reminding District Health Management Teams of their roles and responsibility in addressing the key issues highlighted in the Mid-Year Review and to ensure transparency, probity and accountability.