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89 trained certified SRN gets orientation for deployment  

Freetown June 28, 017 (MOHS) - Eighty-nine (89) newly certified State Registered Nurses (SRN) Set 43 from the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) have received orientation for deployment in various health facilities across the country on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at the conference hall of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

 

Group photo of newly certified SRN and Chief Nursing Officer,

Matron Hossinatu Koroma and her two Deputies

 

The orientation was organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services.

Addressing the newly certified State Registered Nurses, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Madam Madina Rahman reminded the nurses about the dress code of the profession and commended them for choosing to be a nurse because of the passion they have for the job.

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Madan Madina Rahman

She informed them that the nursing profession is a calling and thankless job that needs courage, commitment and compassion, adding that the sky is their limit to know their strength, do the right thing and save lives.

Madam Rahman said that the love of the country should be more paramount for nurses, adding that they as primary health giver must be patriotic by saving lives rather than the urge for money.

She pleaded to them to be the change that the Ministry wants by making the difference and reiterated the need for commitment and dedication to service.

Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Banya

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Banya stressed the relevance of the code of ethics of the nursing profession not only their responsibilities and obligations but also to know about their rights and privileges.

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma, reminded them that nursing is a noble profession for which they are expected to upkeep the ethics and code of conducted of the profession by setting the pace for others to follow.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron

Hossinatu Koroma

She reiterated that as health professionals, they should adhere to the Civil Service Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the nursing profession.

Director of Human Resource for Health, Mr. Eward

Kwame Yankson

The Director of Human Resource for Health, Mr. Edward Kwame Yankson congratulated the newly recruited nurses and admonished them to be committed to service.

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89 trained certified SRN gets orientation for deployment  

Freetown June 28, 017 (MOHS) - Eighty-nine (89) newly certified State Registered Nurses (SRN) Set 43 from the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) have received orientation for deployment in various health facilities across the country on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at the conference hall of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

 

Group photo of newly certified SRN and Chief Nursing Officer,

Matron Hossinatu Koroma and her two Deputies

 

The orientation was organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services.

Addressing the newly certified State Registered Nurses, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Madam Madina Rahman reminded the nurses about the dress code of the profession and commended them for choosing to be a nurse because of the passion they have for the job.

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Madan Madina Rahman

She informed them that the nursing profession is a calling and thankless job that needs courage, commitment and compassion, adding that the sky is their limit to know their strength, do the right thing and save lives.

Madam Rahman said that the love of the country should be more paramount for nurses, adding that they as primary health giver must be patriotic by saving lives rather than the urge for money.

She pleaded to them to be the change that the Ministry wants by making the difference and reiterated the need for commitment and dedication to service.

Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Banya

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Banya stressed the relevance of the code of ethics of the nursing profession not only their responsibilities and obligations but also to know about their rights and privileges.

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma, reminded them that nursing is a noble profession for which they are expected to upkeep the ethics and code of conducted of the profession by setting the pace for others to follow.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron

Hossinatu Koroma

She reiterated that as health professionals, they should adhere to the Civil Service Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the nursing profession.

Director of Human Resource for Health, Mr. Eward

Kwame Yankson

The Director of Human Resource for Health, Mr. Edward Kwame Yankson congratulated the newly recruited nurses and admonished them to be committed to service.

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Freetown Aug. 10, 017 (MOHS) - Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has officially launched the 2016 Annual Health Sector Performance Report and the 2017 Health Sector Mid-year Review on Wednesday August 9, 2017 at the Catco International Hotel, Wilkinson Road in Freetown.

Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah launching the document

Launching the Report and declaring a three-day Review open, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah disclosed that the introduction of the Annual Health Sector Performance Review process some two years back was to serve as a tool to assist in gauging the progress as well as identifying the weaknesses and challenges.

He said through the annual Health Sector Performance Review, the Ministry is now better placed to make more informed public health decisions and ensure decisions are evidenced-based and data driven.

Dr. Fofanah informed his audience that the 2016 Health Sector Performance Review is of significance because it contains report of the first full year of implementation of health sector reconstruction activities of the Post-Ebola. He added that the report captures a wider range of indicators than the previous one, capturing most of the WHO core indicators as well as key national programmes indicators.

He said the mandate of the Health Sector is to contribute to the goal of improving the quality of life for all Sierra Leoneans by reducing the risk of ill-health, and the occurrence of premature deaths thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the country.

Giving a snapshot of the performance of the health sector in the period under review, Dr. Fofanah said the out-patient consultations for all categories of health care users have reach and in some facilities surpass the pre-Ebola level as all worked very hard to restore basic and essential health services as well as gain back the confidence of the people.

He said malaria, acute respiratory infections, malnutrition, and diarrhea continue to top the list as the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among the under-fives.

The Minister reiterated that maternal services with respect to deliveries in the period under review show that Antenatal care and institutional deliveries continue to increase, adding that of the 290, 777 pregnant women capture in the health facilities in 2016, 211, 194 completed their fourth Antenatal care visit giving an antenatal rate of 72.63 percent. He added that out of the same number 216, 678 ended up delivering in health facilities giving an institutional delivery rate of 74.5 percent, noting that out of these deliveries, 706 deaths were recorded giving a maternal mortality rate of 323/100, 000 live births among others.

He expressed thanks and appreciations to partners, the Technical and Administrative teams of the Ministry for their hard work.

DFID Senior Health Officer, Dr. Amit Bhandari said lots of progress has been done in the health care system but that more needs to be done in ensuring that skilled personnel are in place, emphasizing the need for quality data in the country.

DFID Senior Health Officer, Dr. Amit Bhandari

He commended the Health Ministry for the hard work and assured of DFID’s commitment in supporting the Ministry at all times.

WHO Officer-In-Charge, Alexander Chimbaru commended the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for the significant achievement made in improving the health care delivery systems, stressing the need to put the achievement in to action for a resilient health care delivery system in the country.

WHO Officer-In-Charge, Alexander Chimbaru

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer 1, Dr. Sarian Kamara said the health system like all other health systems around the world confronts multiple national challenges ranging from economic crisis to environmental disaster and from infectious disease outbreak to hidden epidemic of mental illness and malnutrition.

 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer 1, Dr. Sarian Kamara

She informed her audience that recognizing these challenges, the Health Ministry with support from the government and partners has focused in strengthening the sector through a range of initiatives that address all the pillars of the health sector.

Dr. Kamara reiterated that the 2016 report presented shows lots of progress in the collective effort to strengthen the sector, and applauded the implementing District Health Management Teams, national Programmes, the Local Council, development partners and the leadership of the Directorate of Policy Planning and Information (DPPI) and team for driving this yearly process.

The Acting Planning Specialist, Mr. Alhassan Fouard Kanu said the aim of the Health Sector Performance Report is to report on the performance and progress of the Health System of Sierra Leone in improving the health outcomes for Sierra Leone.

Acting Planning Specialist, Alhassan Fouard Kanu

He stated that the objective is to describe key quantitative indicators of health sector performance at the impact level, and provide an analysis of the trend in performance of Sierra Leone over time and comparative to similar countries.

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Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman leaves Freetown on Tuesday January 26, 2016 for Dakar, Senegal to participate in a two day Consultative Meeting on the theme: “Partnerships for addressing maternal and child health, realizing the demographic dividend”, together with heads of African faith-based organization.”

Organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the meeting which starts on January 28, 2016 in Dakar would provide opportunity for faith-based leaders to increase access to maternal and reproductive health services and investments in youth, as key pillars for achieving a demographic dividend.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for shared understanding of the progress, challenges and opportunity in the area of maternal and reproductive health in the region, and to develop a common approach between religious leaders and UNFPA on how they collaboratively can contribute to harnessing the potential opportunities for sustainable development in the region.

The Minister of State, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Mohamed Alie Bah has said that the ever-increasing amounts of solid wastes, accompanied by rapid economic and population growth in developing countries is challenging municipalities’ ability to promote sustainable development.

Launching the Waste Management Symposium organized by the Freetown City Council and MASADA Waste Management Company on the theme: “Harnessing Stakeholders Collaboration for Sustainable Waste Management for the Municipality by 2018” at the Barmoi Hotel, the Minister of State, Vice President Office, Mr. Mohamed Alie Bah described waste management as a major challenge for the country in the years ahead.

A high powered Belgian Trade Pre-Mission to Sierra Leone, led by the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem has visited the Connaught hospital for possible support to the institution.

The team which comprises officials from Belgian Government, Belgian companies, representatives from Africa and media visited the Ebola trial vaccine unit, the screening facility for the patients as well as triage and isolation facilities and Dialysis unit of the hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem said the Federal Government of Belgium Foreign Trade supported Sierra Leone a lot when they were hit by the Ebola crisis through their airline company.

 

Secretary of State for Foreign Trade,
Mr. Pieter De Crem

 

 

He said as a company they are in Sierra Leone to see how they can invest in the country with a view to contribute to the revitalization of the country’s economy.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Trade stated that the delegation were in the hospital to identify themselves with challenges posed by the Ebola virus and pledged their support in complimenting Government’s effort to eradicate the disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group photo of Ministry officials
and the visiting Belgian delegation

 

 

Briefing his audience, James Lange, from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Ebola Vaccine, STRIVE Unit established in the country has three rooms in which the volunteer go through to receive the vaccine, adding that the first room is meant for volunteers to declare their intentions to take the vaccine while the second room is reserved for the administration of the vaccine.  The third aspect, he said is the handing over of incentives (Cash and Mobile phones). He assured that volunteers are quick to recover from reaction brought about by the vaccine, followed by close monitoring to address further reactions.

At the Dialysis Unit, the Kidney Disease Specialist, Dr. Soccoh Kabia also briefed the team about the operations of the Unit, the challenges and appealed for support for an effective and efficient Dialysis Unit that would cater for the people of the country.

Dr. Soccoh Kabia briefing the visiting team
at the Dialysis Unit

Speaking on behalf of the Health Ministry, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman described the visit of the Belgian delegation to the Connaught hospital as timely and an opportunity address possible area of assistance.

She commended the Belgian Airline for their support throughout the Ebola outbreak in the country, adding that their visit to the hospital would help rebuild and strengthen the waste management and health sector of her ministry. She disclosed that the Health Ministry will present a proposal to the Belgian delegation geared towards building the human resource of the Ministry.

 

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II,
Madam Madina Rahman

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister ll, Madam Madina Rahman has launched the Haikai Strategic Plan 2016-2020 for the Health and Education of the Girl Child at the Ramsey Hall, Liverpool Street in Freetown on Tuesday 19, January, 2016.

Launching the Strategic Plan, Madam Madina Rahman commended Haikal for supporting the Ministry of Health throughout the Ebola outbreak in the country.

She maintained that Haikal did not only support the country on health issues but also in making sure that the vulnerable people have food and other items that were required during the Ebola outbreak.

Madam Rahman noted that the right of woman, especially the girl child to education is key and paramount, adding that empowering the girl child should be given priority in their list because if they are properly educated all other things will follow.

She noted that teenage pregnancy during the Ebola scourge was very high in the country and since tackling girl child issues was a plus and urged Haikal to continue with their good work in helping the Ministry tackle stigmatization as there are more than 4,000 Ebola survivors in the country.

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has concluded a two-day Transition Confirmation Workshop for District Health Management Teams taking over from District Ebola Response Centre (DERC) at the Wusum Hotel, in Makeni.

Funded by DFID, the workshop attracted District Medical Officers, NERC District Coordinators, Office of National Security and Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.

Addressing the opening ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Foday Sawi Lahai described the event as a very important milestone in the entire Ebola transition process.

Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr Abu Bakarr Fofanah has joined high Global leaders in health in Tokyo, Japan for two inter-related important meetings aimed at shaping the global agenda in the next two to three years.

Hosted by the government of Japan in partnership with many prominent leading organizations, Dr. Fofanah on December 16, 2015 showcases Sierra Leone at the International conference on universal Health coverage in the development Era. His participation has been described very resourceful in health issues including the Global Fund to fight AIDS, T.B and Malaria under team: “Towards building resilient sustainable health system’’.

Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah the only minister from the three Ebola affected countries, was given an opportunity to sky-rocket the statues of Sierra Leone in the global health Agenda and the need for Sierra Leone’s voice in shaping the unfolding Agenda that spells over for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted on September 2015, by Global Leaders at the General Assemble in New York.

Health and Sanitation Minister Dr. Fofanah is also expected to show case Sierra Leone in the second part of the two day meeting which focuses on the Global Fund’s 5th replacement preparations.

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