23rd August 2012.

The performance audit report on Anti-Malaria Interventions was tabled in Parliament on the 23rd August 2012 by the Hon. Komba Koedoyoma, Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

According to the Auditor General’s report, malaria is a major public health problem in Sierra Leone and the entire population is at risk of developing the disease.

The report further states that malaria is the leading cause of death amongst children under five years of age with almost 40% of deaths attributed to suspected malaria.

Mr Martin Sandy, Information, Education and Communications Officer of the Audit Service Sierra Leone, indicated that the objective of the audit was to assess the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, highlighting the administration of the three key anti-malaria intervention areas:

– Arteminisin-based Combination Therapy (ACT);

– availability and swift distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN); and

– the implementation of Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for pregnant women.

The Performance Audit team conducted extensive interviews with key staff of the NMCP, health workers at health facilities, patients and relevant stakeholders for the purpose of gathering reliable operational evidences that led to the report.

The Hon. Komba Koedoyoma noted that earlier ASSL reports on both education (in 2010) and agriculture issues (in 2012) had been tabled.

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