Three Cheers to President Bio

Three Cheers to President Bio

By: Elizabeth Campbell (Nee Alie-Blango)

The Health sector after 2018 has jumped up in recent months to an enviable sector all kudos should go to the New Direction who in their quest to transformed the health sector has done immensely good which has implored all Sierra Leoneans to have confidence in the Ministry of Health once again.

President Julius Maada Bio, with an innovative drive has to transform the health sector into a digitalize health information system , the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Directorate of Science and Innovation and a Non Governmental Organisation Living Goods have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost the  health sector.

President Julius Maada Bio in his address to Parliament explicitly explains that he is pleased to report that for the third successive year, his Government has increased healthcare budget allocations from 7% in 2018 to 10.5% in 2019 and 11% in 2020.

“We have recruited 2,500 healthcare workers and we will be hiring 3,000 more in 2020 with a focus on Midwives, Pharmacists and Pharmacy technicians, Epidemiologists, Clinical and Surgical Community Health Officers. 

His Excellency furthered explained that his government has instituted continuing education for nursing professionals and also reviewed compensation for healthcare workers right across the country.

Also, in line with his commitment to establishing an ultra-modern diagnostic facility in Sierra Leone, the President says he is pleased to announce to Sierra Leoneans that Cabinet has approved $19.8 Million for the construction of a National Diagnostic and Radiotherapy Cancer Treatment Centre with modern facilities. 

“This will substantially reduce costs on our overseas medical expenditure and broaden access to more Sierra Leoneans.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, my Government rapidly activated all Emergency Operations Centre pillars by instituting international best practices in contact tracing and surveillance.

“We have deployed science, technology, and innovation in data and call collection, including a telephone based self-diagnostic tool. Other healthcare directives have helped us largely curtail and protect against large scale community infection of COVID-19. These are all some of the gains made by the New Direction government in the past 24months.

Also, with an innovative drive to transform the health sector into a digitalize health information system , the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Directorate of Science and Innovation and a Non Governmental Organisation Living Goods have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost the  health sector.

The purpose of this initiative is to reduce mortality through the effective use of technology to generate data for surveillance and case management,

The Directorate of Science and Innovation a Non Governmental Organisation Living Goods have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to roll out the plan. The Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Leone Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Samba maintained that in post ebola era the health sector is working towards transformation of the sector to be more effective and responsive through available information technology to improve on quality  service delivery across the country.

Digital technology is an integral part of Sierra Leone national Covid-19   preparedness response plan 2020. Since they  launched  it in April  the  ICT pillar  has developed  and  roll out  sms for  self  check  and  public  information dissemination and  E-pass for  travel management.

Selected  members of the  national  community  health  workers programme of  about  17,800 strong  personnel  are currently  providing  preventive diagnostic treatment  and  referral  services  in  their  communities with the support of  digital  tools.

Through this  partnership  community health  workers will be  empowered  with  early  detection, tracking and  escalation of  case  outbreaks through the effective use of technology in the  community to the  national  level for  timely  action and  improve  service delivery.

The  country  Director of  living  goods Alhassan  Bah said that his organization  will  collaborate with the  Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other  key  stakeholders to conduct  situational analysis of Sierra Leone Covid-19 response and  detail  user requirements that will be  used to support  Emergency Operation Center with visualisation  and analytics  and to  work with  Dimagi to develop and  roll out of user digital surveillance and case management applications .

Sierra Leone health sector  has  made significant  progress  since the Ebola outbreak in 2014 but the ongoing  global  pandemic is threatening those  gains made so far.

Living  Goods is a Non- profit, Non – Governmental Organisation that  empowers  community  health workers through digitalize health information system to deliver services on call  making  it easy for  families  in need to access  quality and  cost effective  health care services.

Living Goods has since 2019 supported over 10,000 Community Health Workers on service delivery.

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