May 12, 2015 By Regina Pratt
The Aberdeen women’s Centre last Friday registered no fewer than 500 pregnant women for antenatal care, as part of the rejuvenated free healthcare initiative.
The scheme had unofficially been suspended as a result of the Ebola outbreak which started in May last year.
UNFPA pledge that ‘no woman should die while giving birth’ is supporting this venture by way of providing family planning for pregnant teenagers and women across Sierra Leone.
According to Programme Manager at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre, Augustine Kutubu Kosia, the programme would target pregnant women in the Western Area; expectant mothers from the provinces using addresses in Freetown could be delivered at the centre and provided with post-natal care.
He said fistula patients are qualified as beneficiaries of the antenatal programme and need no registration because they already have the centre card.
Kosia revealed that at the peak of the Ebola outbreak only pregnant women were allowed access at the centre because they needed care for safe delivery, noting that from last December to this March they had registered over 525 pregnant women, among whom are 23% teenagers.
He said the centre would continue to provide services on family planning and to fistula patients even during the post-Ebola era.
“We are providing free outreach family planning in the Aberdeen community,” he said and further disclosed that they had registered close to 400 pregnant women in the community who have started receiving antenatal care.