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MOHS to improve Status of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care

…Chief Medical Officer

November 20, 2015 

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo has said that his ministry would effectively implement key interventions during the post-Ebola recovery period.

He made this statement Wednesday at a one-day consultative conference hosted at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium on the status of emergency obstetric and newborn care facilities in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Brima Kargbo underscored the need to reform structures for the survival of vulnerable children with a view to providing quality maternal and newborn care in all health facilities across the country.

“The Ministry of Health in its efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths is poised to ensuring that the key enablers for the compliance of all health facilities are accomplished with the provision of the basic service during the ministry’s post-Ebola Recovery Plan,” he stressed.

He asserted that there was high incidence of maternal and child deaths prior to the launch of the Free Health Care Initiative for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five, adding that the trend was arrested after the launch of the initiative.

However, he said that gains made by the ministry with the Free Health Care Initiative were shattered following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, which he said posed huge challenges in the health sector.

He said that lessons learnt from the Ebola outbreak would be used to ensure health workers and patients’ safety in all health facilities across the country.

Director of Reproductive and Child Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Santigie Sesay, spoke on issues relating to maternal, newborn and child health outcomes and how Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care could support broader aims.

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