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ACC JOINS INSECTICIDE-TREATED BED NETS DISTRIBUTION IN BO

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ACC JOINS INSECTICIDE-TREATED BED NETS DISTRIBUTION IN BO

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Senior Public Education Officer ACC, Alimamy Lahai Kamara, said they will continue to monitor distribution to prevent the treated nets finding their way to the markets. He said distribution officers have to be fair in the identification of households and issuance of slips for collection. “You are not doing business with the people nor offering them a favour. No single household should receive more than three bed nets, nor should an individual receive more than one. The bales of nets are for the people free of charge in an effort to combat malaria and not for trading at Gbongohun, Shenge, Sober One, and Central markets in Bo. It is an offence to indulge in selling the materials,” Alimamy Lahai Kamara told distribution personnel and beneficiaries at a distribution center, Ngalu Road.

According to him, beneficiaries have responsibility to report to the Commission instances of malpractices in the identification of households and the distribution of the nets. Equally, distributors must resist, reject, and report acts of bribery they are confronted with.

Bo District received six thousand, seven hundred and ninety-five thousand (6,795) treated bed nets for mass distribution. This is the third time Ministry of Health is distributing bed nets. It last distributed in 2014 and 2010. Dr. A M Turay, District Medical Officer, Bo, said every community in the district will receive treated bed nets. Distribution personnel have been trained to identify households, and issue them slips for onward collection at distribution centers. “The nets are not distributed to individuals who cannot be identified as belonging to a household, and that households of more than five people will receive three bed nets,” Dr. Turay stressed.

Distribution of malaria bed nets is a critical measure to preventing malaria, which is described as prevalent in the country. Laboratory test for malaria and its treatment had been declared free for all categories of people.

Public Education Officer, ACC, Joseph Hazeley said, the Commission will continue to sensitize the public on utilization of the service and provide feedback. He told beneficiaries that the ACC is implementing the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign through which the public can report bribery experiences. He said the campaign targets five key service delivery institutions including; health, education, SALWACO/GUMA, EDSA, and police, and allows the public to make complaint on malpractices in accessing services of the said MDAs. The public can make report to the ACC through a free line 515 or the website www.pnb.gov.sl or on the mobile application in Krio, Temne and Mende.

PNB has the objective of improving service delivery, preventing bribery and petty corruption, developing and instituting policies, and instilling discipline and integrity in the workplace. It captures trends of bribery in public institutions and proffers administrative measures to tackle the threat.

BY: ALIMAMY LAHAI KAMARA

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) joins Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the distribution of insecticide treated bed nets across Bo District. This intervention by the ACC is to caution distribution personnel and beneficiaries against sale of the bed nets. 

After 2014 distribution, plenty of the bed nets were found in markets for sale.

Senior Public Education Officer ACC, Alimamy Lahai Kamara, said they will continue to monitor distribution to prevent the treated nets finding their way to the markets. He said distribution officers have to be fair in the identification of households and issuance of slips for collection. “You are not doing business with the people nor offering them a favour. No single household should receive more than three bed nets, nor should an individual receive more than one. The bales of nets are for the people free of charge in an effort to combat malaria and not for trading at Gbongohun, Shenge, Sober One, and Central markets in Bo. It is an offence to indulge in selling the materials,” Alimamy Lahai Kamara told distribution personnel and beneficiaries at a distribution center, Ngalu Road.

According to him, beneficiaries have responsibility to report to the Commission instances of malpractices in the identification of households and the distribution of the nets. Equally, distributors must resist, reject, and report acts of bribery they are confronted with.

Bo District received six thousand, seven hundred and ninety-five thousand (6,795) treated bed nets for mass distribution. This is the third time Ministry of Health is distributing bed nets. It last distributed in 2014 and 2010. Dr. A M Turay, District Medical Officer, Bo, said every community in the district will receive treated bed nets. Distribution personnel have been trained to identify households, and issue them slips for onward collection at distribution centers. “The nets are not distributed to individuals who cannot be identified as belonging to a household, and that households of more than five people will receive three bed nets,” Dr. Turay stressed.

Distribution of malaria bed nets is a critical measure to preventing malaria, which is described as prevalent in the country. Laboratory test for malaria and its treatment had been declared free for all categories of people.

Public Education Officer, ACC, Joseph Hazeley said, the Commission will continue to sensitize the public on utilization of the service and provide feedback. He told beneficiaries that the ACC is implementing the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign through which the public can report bribery experiences. He said the campaign targets five key service delivery institutions including; health, education, SALWACO/GUMA, EDSA, and police, and allows the public to make complaint on malpractices in accessing services of the said MDAs. The public can make report to the ACC through a free line 515 or the website www.pnb.gov.sl or on the mobile application in Krio, Temne and Mende.

PNB has the objective of improving service delivery, preventing bribery and petty corruption, developing and instituting policies, and instilling discipline and integrity in the workplace. It captures trends of bribery in public institutions and proffers administrative measures to tackle the threat.

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