The Chairman of the Western Rural District Council-WARDC Tuesday June 1st 2021 clocked a successful three years in office with massive achievements of so many developmental programmes that were outlined upon assuming office in 2018.
With the strong believe that failure is not an option Chairman Kasho J. Holland Cole has within three years delivered benchmarks projects sets himself and the council, making the Western Rural District Council administration the envy of other local councils in the country.
Despite several politically pushed arrests and detentions on orders from above at the Criminal Investigations Department cells and most times at the Male Correctional Centre on Pa Demba Road in Freetown couldn’t stop Chairman Kasho J. Hollande Cole from making his mark progress at WARDC.
Just within the period of three hundred and sixty-five days in office his leadership was able to record impressive achievements in healthcare deliveries, education with the rehabilitations of schools and constructions of new school structures, water and sanitation to Tombo, Small Water, created employments for youth and erected market at Yams Farm with support from development partners.
Making a statement at an occasion marking his third year anniversary in office, Chairman Kasho Hollande J. Cole said; “We decreased Maternal Deaths by 45% in 2019. Our aim to further decrease the Maternity Death in 2020 was hindered by the outbreak of the Covid-19,” he said.
He disclosed plans by his administration to increase the target with a Comprehensive Emergency Maternal and New-born Care Emergency (CEmONC) Hospital at Waterloo as the first specialized secondary hospital in the Country for Maternal and New-born Secondary Healthcare Service.
Chairman Cole continued; “We have ensured that over 80% of children were fully immunized in 2018 and 2019, but this was slightly decreased to over 76% in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The WARDC Chairman informed that the first antenatal coverage or first pregnancy visit to a health facility in WARDC has increased from 25,175 visits in 2018 to 31,824 in 2020, adding that Family Planning uptake/Service Utilization has increased from 33,608 clients to 37,494 clients.
He said the development rolled out and implemented in the last three years has significantly decreased the number of deliveries conducted from 17,376 in 2018 to 149,848 in 2020.
Chairman Cole amongst other things informed the occasion that he worked relentlessly to record such a huge progress in the areas highlighted earlier including revenue mobilization, the enhancement of inclusive administration that brought all and sundry on board. He said his administration has to a large extent restored fiscal discipline in the rural district council.
The hardworking and result oriented Chairman Cole furthered that his administration restored sanitation and hygiene in areas of collective collaboration with traditional leaders including village and tribal heads.
He disclosed that his team also transformed the council into a conducive working atmosphere for staff and resident of the district and beyond, adding that his leadership within the period under review constructed two six classroom blocks at Kosoh Town and Bassa Town, accelerated the rehabilitation of the FAWE school at Funkia, Goderich and REC Community schools in the rural district.