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Health Sector Performance Review 2016 Kicks off

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Health Sector Performance Review 2016 Kicks off

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Assessment  of services  among  Ministries Departments and Agencies  to determine  where we got it right or  wrong  ; to determine  how  we get to where we are and  reasons for some of  the short comings  constitute a vital component in  strengthening  service delivery  with special reference to  health system  governance of Sierra Leone.

Delivering a keynote address the  Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1  Hon. Madina  Rahman pointed out that  the  health  systems around  the world inevitably  confronts multiple national challenges: from economic  crises to environmental disaster; infectious diseases outbreaks to hidden epidemics of mental illness and malnutrition , pointing out that  the defeated  Ebola Virus Disease; mental health; emerging chronic diseases  like cancers and diabetes  and the convergence of both old and new  challenges are confronting  the health  sector.

She explained that the resilience and responsiveness are central to understanding how health system can sustain progress towards health equity.

A responsive health system she went on anticipate future needs, as well as harnessing emerging opportunities to promote universal health coverage and universal access to effective interventions.

“Our changing world also brings new opportunities from information technology and social media to bio-technology that must be harnessed for building resilience and responsiveness” she said.

She expressed optimism that, during the course of the 4 days review the achievements and   challenges would be identified and panel discussion around improved service delivery and health workers training issues   would help enhance   the country’s health sector.

The UNICEF Representative Geoff Wiffin remarked that the annual performance  review is very crucial in determining  the achievements and challenges in the sector, stating that provision of equipment and facilities  cannot be sustained if the human  resources are not  organized   to properly manage the facilities.

He said there has been remarkable achievement in the sector  in the year under review in the Directorate of  Human Resource; Reproductive  Health Care; Primary Health Care; Policy Planning and Information and the provision of essential drugs and medical  equipment and supplies including 341 refrigerators, 56 freezers and refrigerators and other cold chain  equipment that have been distributed nationwide.

He concluded that, during the 4 days session the Directorates and District Health Management Teams will share their achievements and challenges to enrich the panel discussions.

WHO Representative, Dr. Anders Nordstrom observed that Government priority is to save the lives of children in Sierra Leone, adding that there is need to develop an integrated health information system to improve on health sector learning.

Talking on their commitment to support the Ministry of Health, he stated that WHO is expecting the Ministry to work hard and improve on service delivery.

DFID Team Leader, Basic Services, Angela Spilsbury said the review will   help the Ministry to take stock of progresses and challenges in the Sector. She maintained that her organization have supported the Ministry in various areas and is committed to giving more support to improve on the sector.

In his welcome address the  Chairman of the opening  ceremony  who is also the  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, David Banya said the  performance review  is  a necessary  exercise  for an  institution  to identify  and openly  discuss the achievements and challenges in the implementation  of planned activities  of the institution.

He explained that  despite the  Ebola  epidemic  in recent past and the savagery with which it subdued  health  workers to, his Ministry has  continued to  stand as a force to deliver health services across the country, thereby  demonstrating  the collective resolve  of staff  at all levels to translate  the mandate of the Ministry into reality.

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