“Business as usual is not the answer” -Health Minister Tells Contractors

Freetown, Sept 11, 2015 (MOHS) – Contractors selected for the rehabilitation and general repairs of 10 health facilities in the Moyamba, Port Loko, Bonthe, Kenema, Bo, and Kailahun districts including Western rural Waterloo have been reminded about their responsibility to ensure a work well done in all ten facilities.

businessCross section of Contractors, District Medical Officers and other senior officials of MOHS

The ten facilities to be rehabilitated are Benducha in the Bonthe district, Baoma Koya Kenema district, Pendembu Kailahun district, Taiama, Moyamba district, Mapotolon, Kambia district, and Waterloo, Western rural to be completed as Basic Emergency Maternal Newborn Care centers. The Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown, Lungi, Bo and Kenema Government hospitals maternity among the rehabilitation work have been slated to be completed as Comprehensive Emergency Maternal Obstetric Newborn Care facilities.

Addressing the Contractors at the official launch of the $ 6 million dollar civil works and procurement of medical equipment project, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah reminded the contractors of their role to ensure standards and satisfactory work, adding that gone are the days when sub-standard work are implemented without penalty or punitive measures for poor work. “Two steps forward, and one step backward, this time would not be tolerated, and that it is not business as usual”, Dr. Fofanah strongly cautioned contractors.

business1Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah making a strong statement

The Ebola, the Minister told his audience has taught us as a nation to have a very strong resilient health system, hence the need to move to business unusual, not as usual. Sierra Leone global assessment indices are very challenging to achieve the MDGs and the need to improve on our maternal and child morbidity and mortality and other key indicators continues to be the focus of the Ministry with the charismatic leadership of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.

Dr. Fofanah noted the huge investment on the project and count on all to work as a winning team. To score the winning goal to achieve victory, Dr. Fofanah expressed the need for the Councils, the District Health Management Teams, and the Community and health development partners to work as a family.

Monitoring of the project, the Minister said would be at the highest level, with His Excellency taking the lead, followed by a joint Health Ministry and partners monitoring team starting from the beginning, the middle and completion of the project.

Making his remarks, the UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi lamented the current status of the Bo and Kenema Government Maternity Hospitals constructed and well equipped less than a year ago, and commended the Minister for the ongoing systems strengthening action in building a resilient health system. Dr. Ndyanabangi also noted the under-utilization of the Port Loko Maternity Hospital and encouraged the District Health Management Team and the Councils to ensure that appropriate action is taken, and things put in place.

business2UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi

The emphasis of the ongoing project, he said is to save lives and prevent the death of our women and newborn.

business3Dr. Santigie Sesay, Director of Reproductive and Child Health

Highlights of the launching includes presentation on the update on the progress of civil works and procurement of medical equipment by the Consultant Engineer, Patrick Cole and update on the World Bank investments on the project by the Director of Reproductive and Child Health, Dr. Santigie Sesay.

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