Sierra Leone: government releases new healthcare initiative post-Ebola

By Editorial Board - 7 September 2015 at 1:00 pm
An ambulance drives on a deserted street as Sierra Leone enters the second day of a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saturday, March 28,  2015. Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

AP Photo/ Michael Duff

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone is launching his Health Recovery Agenda after Ebola ravished the country. The plan is to boost government hospitals all over the country.

A major factor in restoring basic healthcare services is improving the referral system. Thirty-five new ambulances have been promised to be distributed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The ambulances will be given to all government hospitals countrywide.

The promise has created excitement and relief from District Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents and Matrons the government reported.

A five-year Health Sector Recovery Plan has been developed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in order to massively improve the health sector since the Ebola crisis.

The plan includes two key areas; guaranteeing that all health facilities are safe for both health workers and patients and restoring health services to the pre Ebola Virus Disease level. These two aims have been identified as the most crucial at this moment in time by the government and therefore have been prioritised.

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