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SLPP MP urges revamp of sexual and reproductive healthcare services

NOVEMBER 24, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura

Sierra Leone Peoples Party Member of Parliament for Constituency 075 in Bo district has called on the government to help revamp sexual and reproductive healthcare services in the country.

In her contribution to the debate on the 2015 national budget in Parliament, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh said youth, women and children have been negatively affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Hon. Kuyembeh stated that despite the free healthcare initiative, women continue to have poor access to medical treatment and that the Ebola virus disease has only worsened the fact that our health and education systems are poor and fragile.

She urged that the government and officials handling Ebola management be vigilant and block loopholes for financial discrepancies.

She reiterated that government should put more emphasis on reproductive healthcare services, noting that the United Nations has estimated that 123,000 pregnant women and 1,500 women are in need of contractive prevention across the country.

She proposed the establishment of additional midwives training institutions in Bo and Kenema, to enhance human resource base in the health sector.

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