Monitors release report on Free Healthcare Policy

Written by / Friday, 08 October 2010 19:18

Monitors release report on Free Healthcare Policy

Health for All Coalition-Sierra Leone on Thursday presented its report on the Free Healthcare Initiative to President Ernest Koroma.

The report covers the first quarter of the implementation of the scheme during the first quarter.

The coalition says implementation of the policy has some shortcomings that need improvement.

The head of the Coalition, Charles Mambu said the free healthcare policy had had a positive impact but noted that there were some pitfalls.

The Project Manager of Health for All Coalition, Alhassan Bakarr Kamara said although the policy had gone a long way in reducing infant and maternal mortality, certain challenges might undermine its success. He highlighted delays in clearing drugs and medical supplies at the ports, poor monitoring, theft and poor infrastructure in some of the health facilities as challenges that could hamper the successful implementation of the scheme.

President Ernest Bai Koroma described the report as a means of assessing the free health care policy which he introduced in April.

President Koroma said the report submitted by the Health for All Coalition would be taken to the steering committee to plan the way forward.

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