In a bid to ensure balance development in the health sector and to continue building the capacity of nurses and doctors in the country to ensure efficiency and sustainability in the free health care service delivery, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the Africa Development Bank and UNFPA has yesterday presented scholarship packages to 25 District Health Managers from Bo, Kenema, Bonthe, Port Loko and Tonkolili Districts respectively. The scholarships were awarded for the health managers to pursue a-three month course on epidemiology and health system management at the Public Health College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana. Representing the Africa Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Samuel Ofori Onwona noted that the bank allocated the sum of US$25.5 Million to continue its support to promote and sustain the free health care service that was introduced by his Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, adding that their aim behind the support was to improve access to quality essential health care in the 5 districts.
He underscored that the training of the 25 health managers will help immensely to improve their knowledge and experience in identifying and conducting research on the factors that affect good health in the country.¬†
In his presentation the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mohamed Daudis Koroma thanked the ADB and UNFPA for the opportunity they have given to the health workers, while encouraging them to adequately use their knowledge when they shall have returned home so that they could attract more donor support. He warned detractors of the free health care to desist from sabotaging the system forthwith adding that his ministry has suspended ten workers who are alleged to have sabotaged the service. He finally bade fare the students which them a good trip and to also put their best of performance in Ghana.
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