By Solomon Rogers PRO MoHS
Over this weekend key stakeholders drawn from public private lives converged in the Southern provincial headquarter town of Bo and at the Kona lodge in Freetown to validate the health workforce labour market analysis report that was put together by a joint team of local and international Experts to promote quality health service delivery.
As a means to make health workforce market attractive and rewarding , several interventions have been mapped out by key players in the health sector to produce a sustainable solution to all the challenges affecting the health workforce in the country but the recent validation is key to boosting the sector.
During presentation of findings by the coordinator human resources for health policies and standards unit Dr. Giorgio Cometto it was revealed that health sector requires 1.9 trillion Leones investment to rollout the national human resource workforce policy and 6.4 trillion Leones for job creation in the next decade.
He elaborated on various policy options that requires strong and committed political will and governance structure, including Health Workers policy, retention and utilization, review of staffing norm, conduct annual facility to facility health workforce gap analysis, improve capacity and competence of Health workforce, equitable distribution of Health labour force too hard to reach areas with standardized remuneration among others.
The presentation which was followed by Frank and open discussion gave way to a number of recommendations put across by participants aimed at health sector strengthening and capacity development to increase production and occupational output among midwives, Doctors, biomedical technicians and registered nurses. The need for a comprehensive national labour market information system under the Ministry of Labour and Social security was recommended with a prospect of upgrading State Enrolled Nurse and Maternal Community Health Aide.
It was unanimously agreed that the MCH Aide cadre be improved on and retain giving the pivotal roles they play in remote and difficult Terrance across the country.
The main thrust of this intervention is to work towards global health security and to achieving universal health coverage by the year 2030.