The Ministry of Health and Sanitation Western Area District Health Management Team with support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) can now boast of an ultra- modern Administrative Building and District Medical Store.
Giving her keynote address at the official opening ceremony in Freetown, on Tuesday May 24, 2016, JICA Representative based in Ghana, Sayuri Shimotani said the story of the construction and rehabilitation of the structures began couple of years ago in Japan.
Sayuri Shimotani said JICA is officially handing over these facilities and equipment to the Ministry to assist the 1.5 million population in the western area with affordable and equitable quality health services.
She encouraged the Mayor and other stakeholders to secure the necessary budget to keep the District Health Management Team functional and use their influences to talk to the communities to utilize the provided services at the health facilities.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sarian Kamara described the ceremony as another achievement of the concrete cooperation between the Japanese people and Sierra Leone through JICA.
She noted that the new premises and District Store will further promote the work of the health management team and contribute to the well-being of the communities they serve and strengthen the relationship between JICA and the Health Ministry.
Dr. Sarian Kamara recalled when the Free Health Care Initiative was launched in 2010 the Ministry was challenged with storage facilities especially in the Western Area where nearly a third of the population residing need more medical supplies.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer on behalf of the government and the Health Ministry thanked the People’s Republic of Japan and JICA for their tremendous support to the health sector, and hoped that the collaboration between the two countries will continue to grow from strength to strength and that the structures will serve the purpose for which they are built.