Big boost for Kissy Mental Hospital
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie has handed over an Ambulance and medical items to the country’s Psychiatric Hospital at Kissy in Freetown.
The Health Minister expressed his delight to be at the hospital to make the presentation to the management of the hospital.
“It’s high time we to turn to mental health in this country. For the past years, mental health issues have been neglected and the president has called on all medical partners to prioritize issues of mental health,” Prof. urged.
He said the presentation demonstrate the commitment of the government through his ministry to fight against mental health in the country.
He stated that President Bio promised to boost the health sector, adding that for the first time in the history of the country, the government is funding its own project.
Prof. Wurie disclosed that the government has allocated $10million to his ministry in fulfillment of the commitment made by the president to transform the health sector.
“All government hospitals across the country are going to be rehabilitated with funding coming from the government,” he revealed.
According to the health minister, all government hospitals will have an Accident Emergency Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Mortuary and Mental health Unit and the ministry is planning to open an Intensive care Unit and CT Scan in all regional hospitals.
Professor Wurie spoke about the signing of an MoU worth $ 6.5 million with UNICEF to procure quality medical equipment for the people of Sierra Leone, and disclosed plan by the government to build 3in1 structure for Dental Services, Opt homological Services and ENT in all districts including quality equipment in each.
Also speaking, Hospital Care Manager, Dr. Abdul Jalloh welcomed the items and noted that the presentation is in fulfillment of the government commitment to improve mental health treatment in the country.
“I am very much delighted to receive the Ambulance and these medical items. It is my belief that more will come to help support mental health issues in the country,” he said.