Freetown, Sept. 17, 014 (MOHS) – The newly appointed Minister of Health and Sanitation and Deputy Minister II, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah and Madam Madina Rahman have been officially Sworn- In by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to take over the affairs and smooth running of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah taking the Oath of office before President Koroma
Administering the Oath of Office on Wednesday September 17, 2014 at a ceremony held at State House in Freetown, the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma congratulated his two nominees for successfully going through the process of taking over the Ministry.
He described Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah’s appointment and leadership as very challenging noting that it is very crucial in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak that has put the state of the country’s economy and development at stake.
Deputy Health Minister II, Madam Madina Rahman assures President Koroma of commitment and dedication to service
President Koroma reiterated that the current upsurge is the most challenging moment in the administration of the new Minister, and hope that with his past experience in the Ministry as Deputy Minister he would use his exposure to make the necessary impact.
(R-L) President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and Health Minister Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah
He said the execution of the daily duties of the new Minister requires every moment of his attention and encouraged him to use what he referred to as the overall efficiency to accomplish his task.
(R-L) President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and Deputy Health Minister II, Madina Rahman
The Ebola outbreak, President Koroma reminded his audience has exposed the weakness in the health system and urged the Minister and team to put a health system that requires confidence, ensuring that all of us are safe, adding that Sierra Leoneans are urgently looking forward to an end of the Ebola crisis.
“I look forward to seeing a well-structured Ministry of Health and Sanitation after the end of the Ebola in the country”, President Koroma opined.