By Mohamed Amara Gando…..
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) has awarded certificates to 16 Nigerian medical doctors in recognition of their humanitarian sacrifices in the fight against Coronavirus since 2020. The ceremony was held last week at the MoHS conference hall, Youyi Building in Freetown.
According to the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Austin Demby, the certificates awarded to the Nigerian medical doctors were in recognition of their relentless efforts and sacrifices made in response to the global pandemic.
Dr. Demby thanked the doctors for their humanitarian service. He disclosed that Sierra Leone has over 500,000 doctors in active service, emphasizing that the production of doctors in the country is only 50 a year. He noted that Sierra Leone needs to increase the number of doctors for health service delivery in the country. He added that the increase in the number of midwifery and increase in the number of nurses would help to reduce infant child mortality rate.
In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the MoHS, Morie Momoh thanked the doctors for their service to the country, stating that it has never been a surprise to Sierra Leoneans in all aspect of life that Nigeria has supported immensely to the development of the country.
In his statement, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Dr. Anthony Sandi also thanked and appreciated the doctors for what he described as a big “sacrifice made in leaving their families in Nigeria to come and save lives in Sierra Leone”.
He maintained that the humanitarian sacrifices made were not only for the Ministry of Health but also for the people of the country. ” Nigeria has been with us for far too long and even during the civil war in this country,” he commended.
He said out of the 32 Nigerian medics of various specialties, 16 will be leaving and will be replaced,”
The Deputy Minister of MoHS, Dr. Amara Jambai acknowledged the effort made by the doctors, adding that not many people leave their country to go out there to do self-help.
One of the doctors, Ogoh Daniel Ittah on behalf of his colleagues, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Minister of Health for recognizing them for their sacrifices. He described Sierra Leone as a “friendly and peaceful nation”, adding that Sierra Leone would always be remembered for its good food and the friendly environment