Gov’t To Boost Free Health Care


By Thomas S. Kembay

Speaking to the press recently, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Wurie disclosed that the SLPP government will expand the free health care scheme to school-going children in 2019.

It could be recalled that in 2018 the former All People’s Congress (APC) led government introduced the Free Health Care Scheme on the 27th of April, 2010 for three categories of persons – Pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of 5 who are considered to be the most vulnerable in society.

According to the health Minister, there is already a school-healthcare scheme for dental and eye care services but however stated that the facility is limited to few schools. The Ministry, he said, intends to reach out to schools countrywide with the said scheme.

According to the Minister, previously people were ill-informed and not adequately sensitized on the supply of drugs and medical equipment, which, he said, resulted to non-monitoring and by extension, creating room for corruption.

“This time round, we would ensure that the people are well sensitized nationwide so that stakeholders would be adequately informed about the drugs and equipment provided by government and they should be distributed to the target beneficiaries” asserted the minister.