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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Health Minister Affirms Plan for a Universal Health Coverage Scheme.

Health Minister Affirms Plan for a Universal Health Coverage Scheme.

Information Directorate, Youyi Building, Sierra Leone, and Monday 9th July, 2018 -The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie has said  that steps have been initiated in Sierra Leone  towards  meeting the Universal Health Coverage through a joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess the current national preparedness for disease outbreak in the country. He made this disclosure at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva Switzerland. 

 Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie reiterated that the strategy puts in place will address and identify gaps towards meeting the universal health coverage, adding that all persons in every community should be able to access preventive, curative rehabilitative and palliative Health Services of sufficient quality whilst ensuring that the use of these services do not expose them to Financial Hardship.

He said the country had earlier gone through ten years of civil war in the nineties, exposed to the worse Ebola epidemic in history and a devastating mudslide episode in August 2017. These three events according to Minister Wurie continue to suppress the economic growth of the country as the scars still lingers, and draws the government’s attention to need for a deliver universal health services system.

He maintained that as a nation three concrete steps have been initiated towards the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) noting that the Free Health Care Initiative targeted health intervention for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five. This Programme according to Dr. Wurie has now been expanded to other vulnerable groups such as amputees as a consequence of the civil war and Survivors of the Ebola scourge.

The minister revealed that from September 2018, the program will be expanded to all school children to address the challenges, and the high-out of pocket expenditure for health services in 2017 for which the government of Sierra Leone enacted the Social Health Insurance Scheme, disclosing that necessary structures are being put in place to start its implementation. 

The Minister of Health and Sanitation  thanked the International Partners including the World Health Organization, World Bank, Global Fund and advocate to re-align the existing projects to provide the requisite infrastructural equipment and provide support.

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