By Henry Kargbo

Minister of Health and Sanitation, Augustine Dembi says that Global Fund stands ready to make available One Hundred and Twenty Six Million Dollars ($126m) for the control of HIV/AIDS and Malaria for the next two years.

Dr. Dembi made the disclosure whiles addressing the media at the Ministry of Information and Communications weekly press conference room at Youyi Building in Freetown.

He said the support forms part of part of health sector as a transformative platform for national development.

Dr. Dembi said, according to the 2019 Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey conducted by Statistic Sierra Leone and partners, indicated that 1.7% of adults’ age from 15-49 are HIV positive.

The Health Minister informed that the survey also pointed that insecticide is higher in urban area 2.3% than in rural areas 1.2%, adding that 68% of households own at least one Insecticides Treated Net he said.

He said that insecticide Treated Net ownership has increase from 37% in 2008 to 68% in 2019.

Dr. Dembi Nearly, 2 in 5 pregnant women age 15-49 took three doses of treatment to prevent malaria in pregnancy, which represent a twofold increase from 21% in 2013.

He spoke of his vision to see Sierra Leone as a nation where every citizen will have access to a transformative healthcare delivery system as espoused in President Bio’s vision of building human capital development in the areas of education, health, agriculture and infrastructure.

He said that Health Sector as a Transformative Platform for Development is set to strengthen the service delivery components, by upgrading all 24 public health hospitals with water, electricity, establish diagnostic and radiotherapy center, 7000Sqm supply chain warehouse, blood transfusion services complex and oxygen factory.

Strengthened patient client centered approach, increase health workforce in both quantity and quality through forecasting needs, recruitment, training, needs based development and retention.

He said that the Ministry will adopt functional structural and management reforms that will facilitate delivery of the vision.

Dr. Dembi said his ministry will target 100 beds in Port Loko field hospital, Twenty Five Million Dollar pediatric hospital at Lumley, Jojioma, Koindu, and Zimmi hospital and twenty million dollar in Moyamba, Pujehun, Karene district hospital.