World Vision Sierra Leone, a child focused non Governmental organization, through its Gift in Kind Programme has donated two million tablets of Albendazole to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to be administered during the deworming exercise of children in all hospitals and clinics across the country at the Government’s Medical Stores, New England Ville in Freetown.
The donation of the Albendazole tablets is aimed at complementing the efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone to provide quality health care delivery to vulnerable children to reduce infant mortality rate in urban and rural parts of Sierra Leone where children are more vulnerable to diseases.
Handing over the donation to officers of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Coordinator of Gift in Kind at World Vision Sierra Leone, Mr. Dwight Jones said his organization has been working closely with the Ministry to promote health care delivery.
He explained that the tablets are to be supplied to hospitals and clinics to be administered to children.
He revealed that this is not the first time World Vision Sierra Leone has donated Albendazone tablets to the Health Ministry and assured them that his organization will continue to support the Government to improve on health care delivery for its people.
Receiving the donation, the Deputy Director of Medical Stores, Mr. Jack Lansana, expressed thanks and appreciation to World Vision Sierra Leone for their valuable contributions towards the promotion of health care delivery particularly to children.
He assured World Vision Sierra Leone that the Albendazone tablets will be used by health workers during the deworming exercise at health centres across the country and that the Ministry of Health will ensure that the drugs are used for its intended purpose.
Mr. Lansana promised to update the World Vision Sierra Leone office on the distribution of the drugs to enable them to cross check at health centres about the progress and challenges they face in deworming children.
He appealed to World Vision Sierra Leone for their continued support towards the health sector to help them achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
He also stated that children form about 25% of the entire population and ensuring they are healthy is a key priority of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Government and development partners and assured World Vision of their fullest cooperation.