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‘Maternal mortality major cause of death for women’

-Says VP Foh

June 28, 2016 By Victoria Saffa

Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh has stated that maternal mortality was a major cause of death for women and babies in the country.

He made this statement yesterday at the Bintumani conference hall, while welcoming a retired Sierra Leonean obstetrician and gynecologist of 25 years standing, Professor Christopher Balogun-Lynch, who arrived from London to share his experience with doctors, medical students and other medical staff in the country.

Speaking during the meeting, VP Foh said dozens of women and children have died prematurely during birth and that the training and directions that the gynecologist would provide would definitely affect the practice of doctors and other medical staff and help reduce high maternal mortality rate in the country.

“Many women have suffered through child birth, but the wealth of experience of Professor Lynch will bring professionalism into the medical field and the early death of women through birth will reduce,” said VP Foh.

The vice president appealed to Professor Lynch to spend the rest of his retirement in the country and work as a team with local medical doctors.

He applauded Professor Lynch for performing over 4,000 surgeries in different parts of the world, adding that the Government of Sierra Leone appreciated his stay in the country.

In his address, Professor Lynch said Sierra Leone was blessed with different people who are experts in their respective fields, but observed that all the country needed was capacity building.

He said healthcare training was very important and that doctors should work in collaboration to save lives, adding that maternal mortality was a major concern to any governments.

“As a Sierra Leonean and experienced obstetrician and gynecologist, I will impart my knowledge to medical doctors and medical students to help the country achieve its goals,” he promised.

Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madina Rahman, said her ministry had been working to reduce maternal mortality in the country, but acknowledged they still have challenges to minimise the ‘exponential’ increase in the death of women and children during birth.

She called on medical professionals in the country to work in partnership with Professor Lynch, adding that his years of practice and experienced gained would contribute to reducing increased maternal mortality rate in the country.

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