The Speaker of parliament Hon. Sheku B.B. Dumbuya has indicated that parliament needs to have it own hospital. He said there are 124 Members of Parliament and over 150 parliamentary staff. He noted that MPs and their staff needed to be treated within their own vicinity.
He made the statement last Tuesday during the opening of Parliament Health Centre with funds from the Chinese Government.
Hon Sheku B Dumbuya In his contribution in said that “the preservation of good health is a moral imperative and basis for all social values,” stressing the need for good health for one to be useful to self and duty.
“If MPs are to deliver for constituents then they must be well,” the Speaker noted.
He continued that if he has his way he will like Parliament to have it own hospital and machines to check for typhoid and malaria. He praised and described the Chinese as our ‘eternal friends,’ who have been with the nation in times of desperate needs. He stated that the current ambassador is an exception under whose Leadership China has provided a lot of interventions to Sierra Leone.
It could be recalled that the Chinese government recently donated a state of the heart ambulance and were the first to ship in health equipment’s, consumables and cash in the fight against Ebola.
Meanwhile, at commissioning, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay Clerk of Parliament maintained that the health center will serve 124 MPs and some 150 Parliamentary staffs, noting “that health is an issue of concern”. He said that due to the work of MPs in providing representation, oversight and legislation, health is always an issues of concern particularly in time of emergency and therefore commended the Chinese Ambassador and Government for their unflinching support.
According to Ambassador Zhao Yanbo, China’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone, it gives him great honor to witness the opening of the Parliament Health Center adding that for other diplomats to engage Parliament it takes diplomacy but for him it has been like a family affairs. He recalled that China was the first country to send medical assistance to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.
“The medical center is a lesson from the Ebola outbreak, I am very glad to make my contribution. No health no life, Parliament plays unique and indispensable role in the political life of Sierra Leone,” the Chinese Ambassador said, disclosing that a Chinese team of researchers on tropical disease are to be in the country on a feasibility studies. He noted however that China was in the 1950s a poor country but today they have vastly grown and to this he pledged his personal and country’s support to Sierra Leone.
There where statements from Health Minister Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah and Dr. Brima Kargbo Chief Medical Officer both of whom thanked the Chinese and voiced concerned over the country’s Ebola proactiveness in the borders.
Apparently, Hon Dr. AbdulaiSesay Chairman Health Committee thanked the Chinese Ambassador and Government and expressed concerns that some of the items like drugs, are consumables and thus need replenishing.
He appealed that: “we need equipments and drug replacement, please continue providing support.” Among some the items donated by the Chinese for the four room container health facility where drugs, large freezer, ambulance, computer and printer among other things.