By Winifred H. Kargbo
The free healthcare initiative has been passed as progressive, according to a preliminary Demography Health Survey report launched at the British Council, Tower Hill in Freetown, this week.
The free healthcare initiative was launched in 2008 by President Ernest Bai Koroma to leverage mortality and morbidity among under-five children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
During a press conference organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Minister Miatta Kargbo underscored the importance of the health survey to health and development, and that rural women in particular are beginning to better appreciate the benefits of attending clinic regularly, during pregnancy and child rearing.
She said current data indicate an increase in the number of pregnant women attending clinic, while there has been a reduction in maternal mortality rate and teenage pregnancy. She commended women and assured them of the provision of more facilities to improve the health sector.
Ms. Kargbo revealed that the Demography Health Survey provides data on key health indicators and showcases the country’s standing health wise. She dilated on the role of family planning in the reduction of teenage pregnancy and maternal death.
In his remarks, Publicity Outreach Coordinator in the Office of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Abdulai Bayraytay said the rationale of the Demography Health Survey is to improve the welfare of every Sierra Leonean by way of a comprehensive survey and evaluation.