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UNDP Donates 15 Vehicles to Ministry of Health
On 21st March 2019, in its bid to support the strengthening of a resilient Health system in the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), delivered 15 vehicles to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS).
Poor health and poverty are inextricably linked.
Gaps in governance, social injustices and economic inequalities are the bedrock of poverty, which in turn increases chances of poor health, which also traps societies in poverty. In this regard, UNDP recognizes and reaches out to compliment efforts of the government of Sierra Leone in trying to eradicate poverty in a holistic approach, through accelerated structural transformation for sustainable development.
The 15 4WD hard body Toyota land cruiser mini-trucks are well-designed to access Sierra Leone's rural areas, tucked in thickets and forests with impenetrable roads. This is in line with the promise to leave no one behind in accessing quality health care service delivery among other development gains. These 15 trucks will facilitate the speedy delivery of medicines and other health care supplies throughout Sierra Leone's 16 Districts.
Handing over the keys of the vehicles to Hon. Alpha Wurie, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, UNDP Country Resident Representative (RR), Samuel Doe reminded people that, the efforts to build resilient health systems in Sierra Leone started with UNDP's interventions following the devastating Ebola Virus Disease outbreak since 2013.
In the onset, UNDP collaborated with the MoHS to improve access to quality basic health care services, promote livelihoods and economic recovery in especially the most vulnerable remote border communities in Kaliahun, Kono, and Kambia.
Along with the intervention, access to clean-safe water and sanitation was provided with 88 water wells and pit latrines constructed across the three districts. This included the construction of six maternal-child health posts to improve access to and delivery of timely and efficient health services in 70 hard-to-reach communities. Sierra Leone has the world's worst maternal mortality rates "and that is a major impediment to development we must tackle as a matter of urgency" emphasized Mr. Doe.
Additionally, UNDP in collaboration with UN women trained 360 women in various aspect of maintenance and sustainability of the facilities, including basic hand-pump mechanics, monitoring and initiation of community-led committees to manage the facilities. "Health-related issues shouldn’t be restricted to one agency; there should be concerted efforts from all stakeholders. Development starts with healthy people." added UNDP's RR.
The Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Wurie, described the gesture as a demonstration of “true fraternity and brotherhood between UNDP and the people of Sierra Leone." He reiterated that "Sierra Leone has horrendous maternal death numbers. It has always been difficult to move medical equipment from the districts stores to the primary health posts because access roads are not there, or they are impassable. These vehicles will help manage the situation and drugs and other health care supplies to health care facilities when and where they are required. That will reduce the maternal death rates."
The Director of Medical Services in the National Medical Supplies Agency thanked Global Fund and UNDP and assured the people of Sierra Leone that his agency would properly utilize the vehicles and employ innovative strategies in their effective maintenance and sustainability. “I’d like to thank UNDP for their effort at strengthening logistics capacity within the supply chain network and we are determined to enhance the cost-effective culture of regular maintenance, integrate parallel distribution regimes, ensure prompt attendance to emergency order and enhance general supply chain support and supervision.”
This intervention was supported by the Global Fund assistance through the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Ebola Response. UNDP will work in close partnership with sister-UN Agencies and the newly established National Supply Agency to ensure the timely dispatch and delivery of drugs and medical supplies to the most vulnerable throughout Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leonean Businessman living in Monrovia, Liberia murdered over Tenancy Disagreement*
Reports reaching the Sierra Leone Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia indicates that a Sierra Leonean businessman, Mr. Dauda Mansaray aka Tupac Shakur was apparently beaten and stabbed to death by a gang of five men including his landlord's brother at the River View Area around the St. Paul's River Bridge in Monrovia during the night hours of Sunday, 31st March 2019.
Late Mr. Dauda Mansaray aged 34, a Sierra Leonean, is a native of Bo District in Sierra Leone.
He is survived by his wife, Madam Fatmata Koroma, also a Sierra Leonean . They both lived at the Conference Center Area in Virginia, Monrovia but commute daily to the River View Area to carry out their business activities.
Eye witness accounts gave that the problem started on Friday, 29th March 2019 , when a certain Pa James Doe, brother of Late Dauda Mansaray's landlord got away with some iron doors owned by Late Mr. Dauda Mansaray.
Pa James Doe claimed that he was never in favour of his brother giving the place to Late Mansaray, and therefore hired thugs to vandalize the shop. When Mr. Mansaray confronted Mr. Doe, he took a machete and threatened to kill him.
The following day, during the evening hours, a PSU Officer identified as Mr. Varney called Late Mr. Mansaray and requested him to go and collect the doors Pa Doe took from him.
Upon arrival of Late Mr. Mansaray at Mr. Varney's River View Residence, while attempting to brief the police officer about the incident, suddenly Pa Doe attacked him from the back, verbally threatening to kill the deceased. He eventually brought out a knife and stabbed him, and was joined by a gang of men in beating and mutilating the deaceased until he became helpless.
The late Mr. Mansaray died while being rushed to the Redemption Hospital at Point Four near Duala Market in Monrovia. His remains were kept at the Redemption Hospital Mortuary, and with the intervention of Lt. Colonel Edward L. Smart, Defence Attaché, who represented the Sierra Leone Embassy in Monrovia, the mutilated and already-gone bad corpse was turned over to the family for burial.
Currently, Pa James Doe and one of the gangsters involved are in police custody helping with investigation. The rest of the gang members including the PSU Officer are rumored to be in hiding.