... Health Ministry to Establish Pharmacies across Sierra Leone

Minister of Health and Sanitation, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie, has stated that plans were underway to establish standardizes pharmacies in the 190 chiefdoms across Sierra Leone.

He made the disclosure during the handing over ceremony of free healthcare drugs, uniforms for health workers, delivery beds for pregnant women, among other items, for residents of Port Loko.

Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie stated that the establishment of pharmacies at chiefdom level across the country will mitigate fake drug peddling, which has become a major concern to the government.

He said strides have been made over the past few years by government to ensure that drugs are safe and effective, but medical practitioners still cited fake drugs circulation as one of the largest obstacles in their fight to save lives.

The Health Minister reiterated that Pharmacies in Sierra Leone are regulated under its Pharmacy and Drugs Enforcement Act, which has been set up substantially in recent years to regulate Pharmacies and drugs distributions across the country.

Professor Wurie noted that for a very long time, communities have been challenged in getting access to quality drugs thus relying on drug peddlers for their medication ,a situation he said needed urgent action.

“We want to stop the distribution of fake drugs by unprofessional Pharmacists across Sierra Leone. The quality health of the people is paramount hence the reason we want to establish these pharmacies to ensure they get quality drugs from qualified Pharmacists at chiefdom level,” Dr. Wurie said.

Additionally, the Minister stated that President Julius Maada Bio has given authority to the Ministry of Health to procure cost recovery drugs, to ensure that people in remote areas have access to quality cost recovery drugs at an affordable cost.

“These means that we can also provide medical facility for elderly person at a reasonable cost,” he said, and further noted that the ministry is also working assiduously to ensure that each referral hospital has standardizes mortuary and an emergency unit for accident.

“The emergency unit will be fully operational by 2021 but the rehabilitation of the hospital and other facilities will be immediate.”

He expressed thanks and appreciation to President Maada Bio for his commitment and support in strengthening the health sector in Sierra Leone.