GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE OPENED IN FREETOWN…..
Her Excellency Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma recently opened a two day conference on Global Health Her Excellency Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma recently opened a two day conference on Global Health Initiative to eradicate malaria in Sierra Leone hosted by the United Methodist Church at the Bamoi Hotel Aberdeen in Freetown.
Delivering the key note address Her Excellency Mrs Sia Koroma First Lady Republic of Sierra Leone thanked the organizers for taking the challenge to eradicate malaria not only in Sierra Leone but in Africa and added that the sickness has claimed the lives of millions of people in Africa.
.She expressed delight that the initiative has gone beyond the distribution of mosquito bed nets to include the education of communities on how to maintain good sanitation. The First Lady further reiterated that with proper sanitation the fight against the spread of malaria through the increase of mosquitoes could be controlled.
Sierra Leone she went on subscribe to the fight against malaria since the people who were most affected were the poor people in the rural communities. Against this background she called on development partners to join the fight against malaria in Sierra Leone.
Her Excellency Mrs Sia Koroma expressed gratitude that the conference has been convened to take place on the soil of Sierra Leone at the time when efforts of the Government has been focused to provide free health care for pregnant women and children under five in the bid to reduce the high deaths among pregnant during the delivery of their babies. The First Lady reiterated that the focus of her office was to compliment the efforts of the Government to ensure no woman dies while she delivers life.
The First Lady appealed to the people to distant from the habit of selling the bed nets for the purpose to make fish nets and to keep their environment clean so as to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes which spreads malaria. On this note she suggested the involvement of religious and traditional leaders in educating the communities on the need to keep their environment clean.
Earlier the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr Mohammed Koroma expressed appreciation for the initiative to eradicate malaria in Sierra Leone and added that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation was the leading provider of services to address the health needs of the people.
He reiterated that the Ministry encouraged organizations to come together and fight malaria and added that the United Methodist Church has been complimenting the health program of the Ministry and therefore lauded the hosting of the Global Health Initiative to fight malaria in Sierra Leone.
On this note he called on the partners to face the difficult task of eradicating malaria with the determination to improve on the sanitation of communities.