The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Matthew Teambo has on Tuesday 14th. March, 2017 launched the Sierra Leone Social Health Insurance (SLeSHI) at the Radisson Blu former Mammy Yoko Hotel, Aberdeen, Western Part of Freetown.
Delivering his launching address, Dr. Teambo said one key objective in the development of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Prosperity is to ensure that citizens have access to health care at affordable prices. To achieve that objective, he said, in April 2015, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma gave directives to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to coordinate the process of financing options using social security principles and to ensure Universal Health Coverage – hence the establishment of Sierra Leone Social Health Insurance Scheme (SLeSHI).
Hon. Dr. Teambo maintained one of the key activities to be done leading to the establishment of any National Health Insurance scheme is the conduct of an Inception Actuarial Valuation exercise. “To this end in compliance with best practices on social insurance principles and actuarial guidance, NASSIT therefore requested the services of Consultant Actuaries to assess amongst others the sustainability and financial soundness of the proposed SLeSHI,” he said. Dr. Teambo furthered that the essence of the actuarial valuation exercise is to determine the financial soundness and viability of the scheme.
Hon. Dr. Matthew Teambo ended that this report has captured all the issues an actuarial valuation rerport should capture. The report has also identified the various sources of funding to SLeSHI scheme and the contribution rate for members.
On a Power-point presentation, the Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Social Health Insurance (SLeSHI), Dr. Joseph Kamara explained the dare need for a reliable, effective and efficient health insurance in Sierra Leone.Given an over-view of the scheme, Dr. Kamara disclosed that the coverage of the scheme will be 90% of all Sierra Leonean resident in the country as it will be very cheap and the least person can afford it bill.
Dr. Kamara assured his audience that SLeSHI will be addressing mainly on Primary Health Care issues that affect over 70% of health issues reported daily. Issues such as; Malaria, minor operations, cold, pain to name a few, will be address under the scheme. He went further that the scheme will covered free health care for children form 0-12 years, lactating mothers, pregnant women, mentally retired, retired civil servants and the very poor who cannot afford to pay for medical care. “To register into the scheme if you are not in the formal sector, you will pay a monthly fee of Le15000 and those in the formal sector, 6% of their monthly salary will be deducted” he ended.
Brief statements were made by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara; Chief of Staff, Saidu K. Sesay; Chairman of NASSIT, Joseph Saidu Mans; a representative of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Kargbo; WHO as International Partners.
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