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In Sierra Leone, Deputy Health Minister Cautions Medical Storesí Staff
By Bampia Bundu
Sep 30, 2010, 17:12

The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Hon. Mohamed Daudis Koroma on Thursday September 29th 2010 cautioned Medical Stores staff at New England Ville to be very mindful of the medical supplies meant for distribution to hospitals and other health centres across the country. He was addressing members of staff in one of his on the spot visits to inspect storage of drugs and other medical supplies and equipment at the Malaria Control Department.

The Deputy Minister underscored the importance of prompt distribution of essential drugs if only to overcome the challenges within the implementation of the free health care initiative which he said are enormous. He lauded the staff for their efforts and encouraged them to forge ahead to improve on the laurels of the MDG6 award to the country on HIV/IADS and malaria curtail drive. He however, expressed dissatisfaction over the delay and ineffectiveness in supplies by some contractors who he described as detractors towards the health care delivery system in the country. He threatened for the need for legal action against contractors that are yet to fulfill their 100% performance contact.

At the facility, the minister was given up dates on storage and distribution by the Director of Drugs and Medical Supplies, Mr. Bassie Turay who informed that essential drugs for the districts have been distributed in the Western Area to the various government hospitals and clinics, adding that the pending distributions are to be made to the Lumley and the Kingharman Road Hospitals.

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