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New Health Minister poised to deliver

Sierra Leone’s New Minister of Health and Sanitation is poised to deliver on his job specifications and help take the country’s health sector to another level.

Dr. Austin Hinga Demby on Wednesday February 10, 2021 subscribed to the oath of office before President Julius Maada Bio, and assured of bringing a wealth of experience to the job.

Before his recent appointment, the US and UK trained health expert, with specialties in microbiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics, served as Deputy Director, Office of Global Health at Health Resources and Services Administration in the United States. He had also worked with the Centres for Disease Control and Preventions abroad for many years

Dr. Demby described the ceremony of his swearing-in as a milestone, and added that with his wealth of experience having served in various parts of the world, he was confident and determined to deliver. He thanked the President for the opportunity to help him transform the health sector of the small West African nation.

“Mr. President let me assure you that I am ready for the job and I am willing to give my best. If someone is ready 100%, I am ready 200%. Sierra Leoneans are resilient people and they have demonstrated that during various challenging times such as Ebola and now COVID-19,” he said.

In his brief remarks, President Bio congratulated him and wished him well, noting that it was a daunting task but with which he was remarkably familiar after helping the country during the Ebola outbreak in 2014/15 and now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

He reminded the new minister that the country was battling with the COVID-19 and that he was taking up a ministry with challenges which he must surmount to ensure that the government realized a major pillar of its human capital development.

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