Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Brima Kamara, who also doubles as the District Medical Officer in the Bombali District, told the gathering that Sierra Leone’s health sector was seriously devastated by the deadly Ebola virus and in order to strengthen it the government and other partners needed to build more health facilities across the country.
He furthered that the effort by the minister of health to embark on the construction of health facilities in smaller communities was a step in the right direction, adding that he would do all in his powers to support the effort of the minister by providing the necessary human resource support needed for the smooth and effective running of the health facilities within his district.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Brima Kargbo, who was also part of the minister’s delegation, pledged his total commitment in supporting the effort to improve on the health sector of the country. He encouraged the people of Kolokosor village to make good use of the opportunity given to them.
In his keynote address the minister said the rationale behind the construction of the 30-bedroom health post in that village was to respond to the felt needs of the people of the community but also because the population of the village had grown over the years to the extent that the previous health post was no longer able to respond to the health needs of the community.
Dr. Fofanah went on to say that the health facility would now address some of the health needs of the people of Kolikosor and beyond, adding that most of the cases which were being referred to Makeni for treatment could now be handled at the newly commissioned health post.
He therefore encouraged the people of Kolikosor to handle the health post with care, noting that it was their own property and its sustainability would depend on how they cared for it.
He assured all that his ministry would ensure that trained and qualified medical officers were ill available at all times at the health post to give the necessary medical attention to all who would come to the centre for treatment. He pleaded with the community to come to the health post for medical attention whenever they were sick.
The minister concluded by saying that the construction of the health post was as a result of the blessing of the president of the Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.