Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Health Ministry Reviews Nutrition Performance

The ministry of health and sanitation has ended a 4-day mid-year review of its activities in food and nutrition at the Njala University campus in Mokonde, Moyamba district.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Chief Medical Officer who also doubles as the director of Primary Health Care at the ministry of health and sanitation, Dr. Alhassan Sesay, said the aim of the occasion was to see how best to improve the nutritional status in the country.

Dr. Sesay said his ministry is committed to ensuring that it achieves its goal in the heath sector. He said the government has placed premium on promoting better health for its people but that can only be done multilaterally with the support from line ministries and health development partners.

"Part of the objective of the program is aimed at evaluating the score cards of the various activities undertaken in the 13 operational health districts with a view to putting on track the challenges ahead and map out the way forward," Dr. Sesay said and commended the nutrition program organizers for the selection of participants that could articulate actions for positive implementation in the various districts, hoping that they would be frank in their contributions.

In his statement, director of reproductive health and child health program, Dr. Samuel Kargbo, told his audience that health is not just the science of curing people but has a combined component with underlying factors that go beyond health.

"If Sierra Leone is to achieve the MDGs by 2015, nutrition should be the focus on the social and economic well being of our women and children and key priority for the development of the country," he said.

Nutritional food and nutrition programme manager, Madam Aminata Shamit Koroma, said that it is good that we look into the importance of nutrition in the country.

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