Health Minister Reveals Plans

 

With vast experience in biological and chemical sciences, and having run a successful medical laboratory in the country for three decades, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie has revealed to the administration and management of the ministry his plans to transform  the health sector for quality service delivery.

After identifying the strengths, weaknesses and challenges facing the country’s health sector, including funding constraints, Dr. Wurie has said that the emphasis in reforming the sector will focus on inclusive development and bridging gaps between the Peripheral Health Units and the Headquarters in a universally acceptable bottom up approach to better incorporate the most vulnerable communities into the health service delivery system.

Dr. Wurie envisions bridging the disconnect  between the  Ministry and the PHUs within two years of his tenure  through a productive team work approach and maximum support to both rural and urban health structures, knowing the relevance of primary and secondary healthcare in boosting quality health service delivery in the country.

He noted that much need to be fixed; especially in the infrastructure, portable water supply, energy, human resources, nutrition, drugs and modern diagnostic laboratories.

This, he said, cannot be achieved by MoHS alone but in partnership with all the line ministries, departments and agencies, which means, when MoHS provides health structure with logistic supplies, ministries of Water Resource and Energy will provide potable water and electricity supply respectively.

Dr. Wurie who believes in collaboration and teamwork to achieve goals said he is willing to work with al health staff, irrespective of tribe, party, colour, region and background. He called on retired health professionals to come onboard.

In devolving responsibilities, Dr. Wurie has divided the ministry into three operational directorates headed by each of the three professional heads of the Ministry – the Chief Medical Officer and his two deputies – who must work hand in glove under the Executive Management Committee for effective service delivery and supervision of key programmes within the Ministry.

To address staff constraints, Dr. Wurie plans to recruit 3, 000 new personnel over time, whilst at the same time, making provision for staff training through refresher courses.

Dr. Alpha Wurie was born in November 1955 in Gbinti Town, Port Loko District in Northern Sierra Leone. He attended the Bo Government Secondary School, Fourah Bay College and Brunel University in West London. He has a PhD in Chemistry. He is an Associate member of various bodies in Chemistry and Laboratory Sciences in Africa, Europe and America.

This is the second time Dr. Wurie is serving the government and people of Sierra Leone as a cabinet minister. Following the return to democracy in former President Ahmad Tejan Kabba led SLLPP Government, he served for eleven years as Minister of Education, Science and Technology and was famously renowned for implementation of the SABABU Education project that rebuilt hundreds of schools, furnishing them and returning over half a million of primary and secondary school students to school.

Dr. Alpha Wurie’s profile

Experience

·         Managing Director – WALMA Industries, Jui, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Manufacturers of health and hygiene products, including: antibacterial toilet and laundry soaps

Managing Director

RAMSY Medical laboratory, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Medical diagnostic screening in the areas of haematology, biochemistry, serology and microbiology
Paternity and Sibling DNA screening test
Drug of abuse testing
Analysis for water quality and nutrients in soil, undertaken in the analytical division.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology

August 2002 – September 2007 (5 years 2 months)

Education

Brunel University London

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Industrial Chemistry

1979 – 1983

·         University of Sierra Leone

Bachelor’s Degree, Chemistry

1973 – 1978

Activities and Societies: Football, Athletics, Quimanora and Cyclades social clubs

·         Sierra Leone Grammer School

1971 – 1973

·         Government Secondary School Bo

1966 – 1971