SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 By Regina Pratt
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on 18 September donated reproductive health kits and infection prevention items worth US$60,437 to the Reproductive and Family Planning Program in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to support quality healthcare.
In addition to its invaluable support to contact tracing, UNFPA also provided infection prevention and control items, including consumables, maternal gowns/outfit disposal aprons, masks, operating/maternal shoes, examination and gynaecological/elbow gloves for distribution to maternal health units nationwide.
According to the organization, the donation is expected to restore confidence in the health system, particularly for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under-five accessing reproductive, maternal and newborn health services.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to continue providing strong support to the ministry and expressed hope that the items supplied would help complement the efforts of government to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Director of Reproductive Health, Dr. Samuel Kargbo, expressed thanks and appreciation to UNFPA for the timely donation, and highlighted the cordial and longstanding relationship between both institutions as they partner to overcome the country’s health challenges.
Dr. Kargbo said the Ebola outbreak has resulted to women not attending health facilities in fear of contracting the virus, loss in confidence in the healthcare delivery system and the unavailability of protective gears for health workers.
He assured of the ministry’s commitment to deliver quality healthcare services to the people and promised the items would be judiciously utilized.