Newly-appointed acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Amara Jambai yesterday informed AYV that the ministry is coming up with some sort of incentive scheme to motivate young medical professionals to move to rural areas to do health care delivery.
Dr. Amara Jambai was responding yesterday to questions from AYV at his Youyi Building office in Freetown.
Commissioner General of National Revenue Authority (NRA) Dr. Samuel Jibao has broken new ground by being the first ever to preside over the collection of one hundred and twenty billion Leones (Le 120 Billion) equivalent to fifteen million United States dollars ($15 million) collected between Monday to Friday last week; being the highest collected ever in the history of revenue collection in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Amadu Tejan-Jalloh, Deputy Director of Animal Health and Head of Veterinary Disease Surveillance at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has allayed the fears of the general public against reports of Foot and Mouth Disease which affects mainly cattle including cows, sheep, and goats. He has categorically stated that “so far, there is no real threat and everything is under control.”
It could be recalled that quite recently, there were reports that cattle coming in from Guinea were suspected of carrying the disease and that there was every possibility that Sierra Leone cattle could be infected if nothing was done by the relevant authorities to handle the situation.
The only community primary school at Yaryah Village in the Sandor Chiefdom, Kono District, is in need of urgent assistance as pupils are taking classes in the makeshift zinc structures and under trees.
Speaking to AYV in Kono, Komba S. Menjor, Secretary of the Yaryah Development Committee, said the school was established in 1974 but destroyed by a windstorm in 2016. He added that since then, several efforts to get government rebuild the school has been in vain.
A cross section of the trucks loaded with the drugs
As the massive drugs distribution continues, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with support from DFID has handed over another set of 10 truckloads of assorted Free Health Care drugs to the Bombali District on Tuesday September 18, 2018 at a ceremony held at the Makeni City Council Hall Northern Sierra Leone.
Handing over the drugs, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha TejanWurie said the Ministry and partner are in Makeni town to hand over the drugs in a transparent and accountability manner to ensure that it reaches the beneficiaries in the last village.
“Japan has great trust in the World Food Programme (WFP) that is why we are implementing the school feeding programme through WFP in support of the free quality education in Sierra Leone”.
That was a statement by H.E. Tsutomu Himeno, the Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone in a meeting held in the conference room of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, New England Ville, Freetown.
A team of top government officials including the Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP) Umaru Napoleon Koroma andthe Minister of Transport and Aviation Kabineh Moinama Kallon on Tuesday 18th September 2018 visited the Freetown Terminal to inspect the work done by Bollore Transport and Logistics.
Welcoming the team to the Freetown Terminal, the Country Manager Bollore Transport and Logistics, Captain Fabjanko Kokan thanked the officials for visiting the site.
Last Friday, the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa held roundtable meeting with senior managers from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to discuss the range of issues affecting the status and operation of the institution.
Issues of how the former government allegedly entered into a financial agreement for two academic years without the approval of Cabinet and the Ministry of Finance as required by law and how the current government can now regularize that financial arrangement for the benefit of the students and Sierra Leone as a whole were discussed and finalized.
A delegation consisting of members of Parliament from Britain visited His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio and commended him on his initial steps since he was elected president in April this year.
Head of delegation, Honorable John Mann, said as lawmakers they are impressed with the astute leadership qualities already shown by President Bio, noting that his new government is on the right path, especially in the area of education and expressed their optimism for improvement in other sectors.
Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs Baindu Dassama together with her Deputy Minister, Mohamed Hajji Kella on Monday 17th September, 2018 were in the court to witness an alleged sexual penetration matter involving a nine-year-old girl (name withheld) who is in the custody of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.
The duo made their appearance at the third hearing of a Preliminary Investigation (PI) matter involving a fifty-year-old accused person, Sorie Dumbuya.
The Kossoh Tong Organization has donated books and other learning materials to over 200 pupils drawn from different schools in the Kossoh Town community in the east end of Freetown.
The donation according to the Secretary General of the organization Mohamed Lamin Fullah is to help complement the government’s free quality education scheme in the country. Mohamed further said that the donation included books, pencils, pens, mathematical sets and school bags amongst others.He went on to say that they targeted the less privileged children that are performing excellently in their different schools across the community. Fullah continued to say that the aim is to motivate younger children in the community to take schooling very serious so that they will become great men and women in future.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently estimated the maternal mortality ratio at1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births. Women in Sierra Leone have a 1 in 17 lifetime risk of dying due to pregnancy or child birth (WHO, 2015).
Access to quality health care is a major public health concern for residents of Kambia District. The trend which many describe as negative has contributed to the high rate of maternal and new-born deaths as disclosed during the last Global Population Day celebrations in the district.
Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI) has in a press release condemned the loss of life of a 29-year-old man in Massengbeh Village, Mile 91, in Tonkolili District during a raid code-named ‘Operation Green Storm’ carried out by joint security forces.
The release called on the Independent Police Complaint Board (IPCB) to speedily carry out their investigation and for the police hierarchy to bring to book all those responsible for the killing of a fellow Sierra Leonean.
The UK government supported a distribution of medical drugs at the Makeni District Hospital, as part of Sierra Leone’s ‘Free Healthcare’ initiative.
Speaking at the event on Tuesday 18 September, Deputy Head of DFID Sierra Leone, Angela Spilsbury said she was delighted to represent the UK government at the distribution, which is supported by UK Aid.
Residents of Masorry community in an outreach meeting held by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Friday 14th September 2018 pledged to collaborate with the Commission to eliminate bribery and petty corruption in their community. This commitment was made at the Masorry Court Barray, Bombali Shebora Chiefdom, Bombali District.
Addressing the people, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh described the engagement as an interactive forum. Saccoh said, bribery is not only limited to offering or soliciting money but rather it amounts to anything of monetary value which can take different forms.
Parents and guardians of school children in Makeni City, northern Sierra Leone, enthusiastically and wholesomely welcomed President Julius Maada Bio’s Free Quality Education initiative which started on Monday 17th September, 2018.
AYV was part of a team from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary School Education headed by the National Coordinator of the Free Quality Education Secretariat, Amara Sowa that visited Makeni. The team successfully distributed free Ruled Exercise Books to thousands of school children at various schools in Makeni.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through the Decentralization Secretariat with support from United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has organised a three-day Training of Trainers Workshop for orientation and induction of newly-elected Mayors, Chairpersons and Councillors of local councils across the country at the Winners Church Hall in Bo, Southern Province.
The main objective of the training is to equip the participants with the requisite knowledge; skills and attitude that would enable them successfully organize and facilitate the orientation and induction for newly-elected Mayors, Chairpersons and Councillors.
ACC Boss Ben Kaifala: Fearless fighter against graft The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Regional Manager South has informed participants that ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. is determined more than ever before to fight corruption fairly, squarely and fiercely and that the fight is a clarion call to all Sierra Leoneans to defeat corruption through collaborative effort. In a bid to ensuring that the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is well integrated in public service delivery institutions.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Amara Jambai Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), Dr. Amara Jambai has stated that there comes a time as civil servants when they need to stop, look back and reflect on what has been achieved so far. He went on to say that as health professionals working in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, they are not competing or fighting with each other, but are competing and fighting against diseases. He called on all health workers to love and respect each other and work as a team for the benefit of the country at large.