UK Vows To Sustain Free Healthcare

The UK Government on Tuesday 18th September, 2018 supported the distribution of medical drugs at the Makeni Government  Hospital as part of the country’s ‘Free Healthcare’ initiative.

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Head of UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) Sierra Leone, Mrs. Angela Spilsbury said she was delighted to represent the UK Government at the distribution that is supported by UK Aid.

 

Mrs. Spilsbury made reference to the shared history and strong connections between the UK and Sierra Leone, and the large investment made by the UK Government in a range of sectors to support Sierra Leone’s development and to promote inclusive growth.

She said the UK Government is helping to increase access to quality healthcare services nationwide, train health workers, improve access to family planning as well as working with the Government of Sierra Leone on procurement of essential drugs and supply chain management.

Mrs. Spilsbury furthered that it is not possible to provide healthcare services without medicine, noting that it is critically important that Sierra Leoneans receive access to the medicines when they are needed, thus the need for UK’s intervention. She assured that UK would continue to work with the Government of Sierra Leone in supporting the procurement of essential medicines for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5.

Mrs. Spilsbury therefore urged the Government of Sierra Leone to ensure that its financial commitments match its political will and also set in place systems for reporting of leakages in the distribution of drugs to ensure they reach the intended beneficiaries.

The Deputy Head of UK’s DfID said the UK Government shared the Government of Sierra Leone’s commitment on this agenda and that it would continue to support where it could.