Minister of Health and Sanitation Professor Alpha Wurie
By Solomon Rogers
The Minister of Health and Sanitation Professor Alpha Tejan Wurie has officially launched the Rural Retention Action Plan at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Aberdeen, Freetown.
Before launching the document the minister highlighted and elaborated on the key intervention needs including infrastructure, medical commodities and drugs, conditions of service and human resource capacity, which he assured will be tackled soon.
The initiative of a rural retention action plan was conceived upon the realization that the health sector had been characterized by series of challenges over the years due to low motivation and little or no amenity in vulnerable communities where the bulk of the people reside.
The 2019-2029 plan seeks to surmount all the aforementioned challenges in line with the Sustainable Development Goals hence universal health coverage.
900 communities were visited while conducting a survey on the way forward for the rural retention project. After inclusive and participatory consultations, it was clear that low motivation and poor amenities accounted for the reluctance of health workers to stay in rural areas.
The rural retention plan formed part of the decentralized health care service delivery to address all challenges in the sector.
Impliedly, implementation of the rural retention action plan began with the ongoing recruitment of some 4000 health workers.