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Sierra Leone News : MOHS Trains to Fight Maternal Mortality & Morbidity
By a Correspondent
Feb 25, 2016, 17:08
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Freetown, Feb. 24 2016 (MOHS) - The Ministry of Health and Sanitation and partners have embarked on a month long Institution Competence Based Training to build the capacity of health professionals in the fight against maternal morbidity and mortality across the country.

The In-Service Training which is currently hosted at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital as a pilot phase target doctors, community health officers, midwives, nurses and anaethetists.

Addressing the opening ceremony at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in Freetown, the Medical Superintendent and Senior Gynecologist Specialist, Dr. Alimamy Philip Koroma said the initiative for the training among other key areas of intervention for the promotion of maternal and child health focuses on not only capacity building but also staff attitude to patient and the ethics and code of conduct as health professionals.

He reiterated that behavioral change and competence institutional based training would make a big difference and the necessary impact for the reduction of maternal mortality in achieving the desired goal.

Dr. Koroma described PCM H as the main referral maternity in the country, and lauded the Ministry for working on plans towards a teaching hospital status for postgraduate training.

He expressed gratitude to partners assisting the hospital management and appealed for more support in enhancing functional adequate sustainable water and power supply, noting that in the absence of sustainable pipe born water supply, infection prevention control would be zero and very challenging.

Making her statement, the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO) Matron Hossinatu Kanu said for the past years they have seen an increase in the maternal health sector that prompts them to seat back and organize a work plan for refresher training. She said their focus is to give their health workers a better and an improve training on competency and behavior change in treating pregnant women and children.

Director of Reproductive and Child Health, Dr. Santigie Sesay during his presentation pleaded to health workers to continue their good work even though there are challenges. He said health workers should recall that they took oath to always maintain their profession to perfection. Dr. Sesay opined that when patient come to the hospital they should be welcome with open hands by giving them the assurance that they are in good and safe hands.


Speaking on behalf of the UN Country Team, the Deputy WHO Representative, Dr. Abdoulie Jack noted the commitment of world leaders in 2014 towards achieving the 17 MDGs and the element of key health indicators for the promotion of maternal and child health. He reminded the participants about the role in fighting preventable deaths, adding that capacity building is one of the key strategies in health system strengthening.

He encouraged them to emulate existing good standards and practices from their compatriots.


The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer II, Dr. Amara Jambai.

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