The Maada Bio led New Direction Administration continues to show its commitment to transforming the country’s health care system through infrastructural developments to be able to effectively meet the needs of its citizens. The government of Sierra Leone and its partners have signed an agreement for the construction of a fully equipped modern hospital of a five-star standard that will serve the citizens of the Mano River basin.
The project, dubbed ‘Build-Own-Operate,’ will be implemented in the Western Rural District through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The Agreement for the Kerry Town ultra-modern hospital work was entered into with EASI Construction and Trading (SL) Limited that will solely fund the project, which is estimated at $52.5 Million. In the agreement, the Government of Sierra Leone is only required to provide the land and create the enabling working environment. The Hospital will be designed in tandem with acceptable International safety and quality standards incorporating a full range of inpatient and outpatient health care services, a medical imaging, emergency, cardiac catheterization and surgical departments. The facility will also house an outpatient department, private clinics, laboratories (Medicine and Pathology Departments).
Mr Hashim Hashim, Sierra Leone’s Head of Trade Mission to the Middle East told this medium that his task is to encourage investors from the Middle East to participate in the developmental transformation of Sierra Leone. He said funding has already been secured for the hospital project with a capacity of 150 beds.
He took the opportunity to thank the president and his government for creating the platform for such a project.
Earlier at the signing ceremony in Freetown, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr Alpha Wurie noted that it was a manifestation of President Julius Maada Bio’s earlier commitment to improving the country’s health care service delivery.
The minister further noted that they feel gratified that they have people in the country that have accepted to solicit resources to bring such a facility here to benefit the people of Sierra Leone. He applauded Mr Hashim Hashim for facilitating the agreement and acknowledged the full-fledged support of the Attorney General’s office represented by the Solicitor-General, Mohamed Tarawally, and the specialist guidance by the Public-Private Partnership Unit under the Vice President office headed by Mr Abu Kamara.
The agreement was jointly signed in the presence of EASI Representative Mr Hashim Hashim, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr Alpha Wurie at the Ministry conference room on Friday, June 12, 2020.