July 1, 2016 By Regina Pratt
The Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Monday, 27 June organised a two week capacity training on the insertion of a long term family planning for midwives and other nurses working in different facilities in the Western Area at the Thomas Street hall for the theoretical aspect and at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Lumley Hospital for practical sessions.
Making a statement at the opening ceremony, Programme Manager for Reproductive Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Suliaman Conteh, disclosed that the intake of the long term method ‘Jadel’ and ‘Coil’ among women and girls was very high, adding that free service would be provided for them during the two weeks training at both hospitals.
He said the capacity building training, in collaboration with the District Health Management Team, would provide quality service for clients in all hospitals in the country.
Senior Reproductive Health Sister Sallay Carew, who was one of the facilitators, emphasised that the practical aspect of the training was very important as nurses would perform different skills simulation in insertion, with the nurses divided into two groups.
She commended the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) for supporting the ministry with different family planning commodities to prevent unwanted and teenage pregnancies.
According to one of the midwives, family planning allows individuals and couples to plan their desired number of children, including spacing and timing of their births, which is achieved through use of contraceptive methods.
She also described it as a woman’s ability to space and limit her pregnancies as it has a direct impact on her health and well-being, as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy.
As part of the free healthcare, access to family planning services is free in all government hospitals, health centres and peripheral health units, she said, adding that more training on the insertion of long term method would be provided for nurses across the country.