3 April 2012

Sierra Leone: We Have a Dream for Nation, Says Save the Children Director

Save the Children Sierra Leone country director has said that his organization has a dream of 'no child born to die' for the country.

Speaking in Freetown on Friday at the opening ceremony of the newly constructed Susan's Bay community health centre called Michael Edward Clinic, Victor Moses said the country's high level of infant mortality and maternal mortality was an issue that his organization kicks against.

"No child below 0 to 5 is going to die in Sierra Leone. We are working hard in collaboration with the ministry of health and sanitation to make sure this dream comes through," said Moses adding that they are working to strengthen the national child protection system to make sure children are safe from abuse and exploitation.

"We are working with children and their families as well as traditional leaders and decision-makers to make sure that everyone understands children's rights and what they can do to make children safe," he said.

Located in Freetown, Susan's Bay lacks basic things such as proper drinking water and health clinics. The community is also filled with rubbish. "With the intervention of Save the Children, the country is currently improving in both the health and education sector," Moses said.

In his statement, section chief of the community Pa Alimamy Kamara thanked Save the Children for their timely support and described the organization as one of those his community could be proud of. "This is the first time Susan's Bay is getting a clinic," he said.

Acting mayor of the Freetown city Council (FCC) Gibril Kanu said the clinic is one of the responsibilities of the council and they are very much happy with Save the Children for reducing the responsibility of the council.

District medical officer in the ministry of health and sanitation, Dr. Joseph Kamanda admonished the people not to allow anything that would damage the operation of the clinic. "Do not politicise it. It is for all of you. We all have the same dream with Save the children," he said.

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