The UNICEF Country Representative to Sierra Leone, Dr. Suleiman Braimoh has handed over $6.2 million worth of medical equipment to the Health Ministry which he said was support from the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) through a project entitled, strengthening COVID-19 Response and Essential Health Services in Sierra Leone.

“Some of the items include pharmaceuticals, oxygen therapy and other medical devices and instruments, PPE, generator sets, and tents, which will support the continued functioning of our health facilities. We believe that these items are instrumental in making the country fully prepared for response to the potential future waves of COVID-19 or any other disease outbreak and for continuity of essential services in such occasions,” he highlighted.

The UNICEF Country Rep intimated that the global data trends show that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and cases continue to be detected in Sierra Leone. He added that experience with the third wave also tells the country that there is still a need to sustain the COVID-19 response, including accelerating vaccination.

He said, “while strengthening the resilience to prepare for the possible future waves. UNICEF there welcomes this support which contributes to strengthening Sierra Leone’s health delivery system at this point of the country’s Responses” he stated.