PPASL launches maternal unit
In a bid complementing efforts of Government in the prevention of maternal and mortality rate in the country, Planned Parenthood Association Sierra Leone (PPASL) Friday 30th launched a Maternal Unit.
The unit will nonetheless minimize the death rate of newly born babies and pregnant mothers.
The ceremony which was held at PPASL’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic at Wesley Street Freetown also witnessed the presence of respective medical practitioners, UN representatives, officials from the Ministry of Health and important civil society organizations from across the country.
In his keynote address, the Director of Reproductive Child Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. SAS Kargbo, thanked PPASL’s Executive Director, Mrs. Selina Ade-Williams and staff for accomplishing their mission, which according to him, is big boost to government’s Free Health Care Initiative in the country.
He said that the Ministry of Health has always been at the fore in ensuring that the maternal and mortality rate is reduced in the country.
“Just as PPASL initiates strategies that complement government’s efforts thus imputing qualitative health delivery system in the country, so also are Health Ministry’s officials,” Dr. Kargbo said.
“Government can never do it alone. We want reputable agencies and non- governmental organizations to support us in our ventures.”
Dr. Kargbo however guarantees the Ministry of Health’s continued support to issues of health by management of PPASL.
The Executive Director PPASL, Mrs. Selina Ade-Williams, in her speech expressed delight over the launching of the Maternal Unit and said that the event is described as a milestone in the history of PPASL, more so at a time the Sierra Leone government is determined to provide free health care for its people.
She gratifies the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for their support to the Ministry of Health.
She also thanked UNFPA for giving technical and financial support towards the implementation of the free health care.
By Cecil Cole-Showers Jnr
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