World Vision donates to Bo District Medical Health Team
The World Vision donated fourteen motorbikes and eight bicycles to the Bo District Medical Health Team and baby friendly packs to pregnant women living within their Area Development Programme in Tikonko. (Photo: The bicycles and baby kits donated by World Vision Sierra Leone)
The donation which took place at the Area Development Programme office in Tikonko was witnessed by staff members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, World Vision staff including Bo Based Manager, Ms. Grace Kargbo and Tikonko Area Development Programme Manager, Mr. Hassan Jalloh.
The items were donated with a view to promoting health especially for pregnant women and children and also solving some of the health problems and/or challenges in the Bo district.
The donated motorbikes and bicycles are for use by District Medical staff in their outreach programmes and campaigns in communities.
“I am impressed with World Vision for the donation of the fourteen motorbikes to my District Medical Health Team as it will expedite our outreach programmes within the Bo District. World Vision thank you,” said Dr. Turay, District Medical Officer, while receiving the life cards from Ms. Grace Kargbo.
In rural communities, Maternal Child Health Aides (MCH) Aides face difficulties in moving from one place to another in the daily discharge of their duties. Distances covered from one community to another are far and terraines are rough. This kind of donation also catered for MCH Aides at the clinic within the Tikonko Area Development Programme. A total of eight bicycles were donated to expedite outreach programmes and other campaigns.
One MCH Aide said, “Receiving this bicycle from World Vision gives me so much joy. Working long distances from one community to another was strenuous for us and risky for patients especially when there are emergencies. With this bicycle, I can now conveniently carry out my outreach and other campaigns to various communities in real time.”
Also in a bid to minimize Maternal and Child Mortality in Sierra Leone, World Vision, through their Area Development Programmes has devised a system that promotes institutional delivery.
“Giving out baby friendly packs to pregnant women now encourages them to deliver in clinics and this is going a long way to reducing complications during and after birth, leading to maternal and child mortality,” a Midwife told this Reporter.
By Abdul Hassan Fackie
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