June 2, 2015 By Regina Pratt
Health Workers, including midwives, community health workers and senior cadre nurses have been engaged in a ten-day training on providing family planning services, in particular the implant method family planning.
The training programme was organized by the Reproductive Health and Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, with support by the United Nations Population Fund, at the Council of Churches Sierra Leone conference hall on Kingharman Road, Freetown.
40 participants from the Western Area will benefit from the family planning training that will enable them provide quality service for their patients and train other healthcare providers.
Programme Manager in the Reproductive Health and Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Suilaman Conteh, said the training would enable participants to provide quality service to their clients, adding that clients stopped visiting healthcare centres for family planning service at the start of the Ebola outbreak because of so many risk factors related to the outbreak.
He said similar trainings had been held in April in other parts of the country, including Bombali, Pujehun, Bonthe and Koinadugu districts which culminated in three-day free family planning service to women and young girls.
Training coordinator and family planning focal point at Ministry of Health, Sister Beatrice Tommy, appealed to her colleagues to participate fully in the training as it would focus on both theory and practical.
She said the training was for service providers from different service delivery points, adding that participants would be trained in how to insert and remove the implant.
She said the training would also entail septic techniques, post side effects, infection prevention, control procedures, skills to delivery services in the communities and the mechanisms of implant contraceptives.
“At the end of the programme they will provide free services for clients at the Aberdeen Women Centre and the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital,” she said, stating that certificates of participation will be given to the trainees.