…CFN calls on Gov’t to save new born lives
By Samuel J. Kargbo
As the country’s children commemorated ‘Day of the African Child’ yesterday, Children Forum Network Sierra Leone (CFHSL), called on government to save new born lives is the country, as the group observed the day on the theme ‘Children Friendly Free and Compulsory Education for All.’
One of the participants, Alusine Bah, said the ‘Day of the African Child’ brings children together in the hope of ensuring a better future for all children in the country, adding that children have right to be educated and also thanked Save the Children International for their support to children across the country .
Bah called on government to be proactive in ensuring children are educated, especially the girl child, because ‘if you educate a girl child you have educated the nation.’
Mary Cole of Community Concerned Network said need survival to attain quality education and that the choice of children attaining ‘quality and compulsory education’ was deliberate because the basis for the right to quality and compulsory education is the right to survival.
She explained that the right to be educated is important for the development of the children and the nation as a whole and that the right to survival is a fundamental right of children.
She maintained that governments from around the world made a historical commitment to end preventable new-born deaths, while ministers of 194 countries, including Sierra Leone, endorsed the Every Newborn Action Plan and ratified a resolution calling for its implementation.
She further said that to realize the benefit of the free healthcare initiative the country requires developing a robust newborn plan to address preventable newborn deaths.
She called on government to attend and make a commitment in addressing newborn deaths in the country during the June summit in South Africa, and also urged the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and partners to fast track progress on the country’s newborn plan, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to allocate adequate resources to implement the plan.
She concluded that as the Ministry of Health and partner should strive to fight the Ebola virus as part of efforts to meet their commitment to child survival.