From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, 34 Military and Cottage Hospitals benefit from ACCís Input
By Mohamed Kanu
Sep 6, 2010, 13:56

Against the backdrop to ensure the sustainability of the free health care services for pregnant women and young children in the country, the Princess Christian Maternal Hospital (PCMH) and the 34 Military Hospital have on Thursday 2nd September 2010 benefited from 9 newly launched dynamic systems procedures known as Service Charter Delivery which was commission alongside staff of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) at an auspicious ceremony held at the ACC Building in Freetown.

In his Statement, Deputy Commissioner of ACC, Mr. Morlai Buya Kamara disclosed that the motive behind the introduction of Service Charters was to encourage and support public institutions so that they could become more transparent and dynamic in dealing with the public and to also serve as a good initiative for evaluating performance on various service deliveries. He furthered that the Charter which was launched is a public document that contains integral information on the provided service by the respective organization, their mechanisms for redress as well as openness to suggestions for the improvement of the institutions; in this case, hospitals. The Commissioner opined that the ACC was not only set up to investigate and persecute corrupt people but also to help in improving and introducing systems in the country that would reduce corruption.

He said in the case of the Free Health Care, it was a very important initiative that needed all hands on deck including corruption fighters. Speaking also at the ceremony was the Minister of Defence Major Alfred Paolo Conteh (Rtd.) who maintained that the move by ACC was a historic venture and assured of 34 Military Hospitalís support for it.

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