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“No woman should die while bringing life to the world”

-Deputy Chief Medical Officer 1

May 15, 2017 Solomon Rogers 

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer I, Dr. Sarian Kamara has stated that the Directorate of the Reproductive and Child Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has a key responsibility to ensure that “No woman should die while bringing life to the world,” noting that  it is one of the key  result areas  under  President Recovery  Priorities.

She made the above statement while officially declaring Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescents Health (RMNCAH) 2016 annual review, opened at the Hotel Conteh U- Makeni   on Thursday, 11th May, 2017.

She went on to say that  it was a disturbing reality  that Sierra Leone  was yet to  come out of the list of  nations  identified with  the highest maternal and child  mortalities in the world.

She maintained that, efforts to reverse the negative trend have so far proven elusive with the current inverse relationship  between  coverage and outcomes  suggesting otherwise; which  she said elicit the question  about  the quality of the  health  outcomes indicators.

She observed that uptake of RMNCAH services was reportedly high but outcomes suggest otherwise which elicit the questions about the quality of health services provided at the facilities.

She confirmed  that  the leading causes of death  for women and children  are closely connected to the perinatal  period, with inherent  challenges  linked to inadequate skilled  health workers ,  unstable RMNCAH  commodities and supplies  including : blood, weak infrastructure for  provision of RMNCAH high impact interventions  , weak referral  systems, demand and supply side barriers  to  access and utilization , weak community health systems and weak  health information systems.

She said the  Directorate of Reproductive  Child Health  with support from  partners was accelerating  efforts towards the development of  the Sierra Leone  every  Newborn Action Plan  and harmonize national   training  manual.

The National  maternal Death Surveillance  and response   guidelines  have been produced and widely disseminated   in every District across the country with district Maternal  Death Surveillance  and Response  committees  instituted  to  report, investigate  and take actions to curtail the high incidence of maternal mortality.

Talking on the expected outcome, the Director of Reproductive and Child Health Dr. Santigie Sesay,said outcome seeks to address issues affecting staff, improve coordination with development partners to give more support to the health sector so that no pregnant woman will die while delivering child.

She said efforts have been made to establish and equip fully functional neonatal intensive care units in regional hospitals, as a start of scale up to all referral hospitals in the public sector and a measure to halt and reverse the high neonatal mortality.

In her remarks on  behalf  of WHO and other key UN Agencies, Dr. Janet Kayita, said the review was very crucial  in health sector strengthening  ,explaining that   stakeholders will use the opportunity  to take  stock of  challenges and progress  in reproductive and child health  implementation  in 2016, so as to identify  gaps and collectively work with Government and  other  development  Agencies  to provide technical supports to address  the problems.

 

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