September 20, 2018
By Regina Pratt
Programme Manager for Reproductive Health and Family Planning at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Dr. Francis Smart, has noted that the Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) is one of the cheapest family planning methods to be introduced to help avoid unwanted pregnancy.
He made the above assertion at the close of the second batch of training of trainers on the new IUCD method, which was held at One World Link hall in Bo Friday, September 14.
Dr. Smart said no woman should die while giving birth and that those who are pregnant should have access to proper family planning and counselling.
He added that trainers should be able to convince pregnant women after delivery.
He advised trainers, who are predominantly midwives, that they should not create fear in the minds of pregnant women but counsel them. He thanked the ministry, the UNFPA consultant, facilitators and Superintendent of the Bo Government Hospital.
Sister-in-Charge at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) Labour Ward, Fatmata Kanneh, who was also one of the midwives trained as trainers, narrated that she had been a midwife for over five years, having worked at the Makeni Government Hospital and the PCMH.
Sister Kanneh promised to educate her colleagues, singling out the matron and hospital manager, on how to use the new IUCD on patients.
“I am interested in this new method of Family Planning. I am appealing to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to organise a training for the nurses at the PCMH Labour Ward so that they would be familiar with the use of the new method,” she said.