The office of the first lady and UN women has officially launched the mano river union first ladies’ initiative with the theme rebranding maternal and child health facilities towards improving access to maternal health service within the context of Ebola.

The office of the first lady and UN women has officially launched the mano river union first ladies’ initiative with the theme rebranding maternal and child health facilities towards improving access to maternal health service within the context of Ebola. The ceremony took place at the Kenema district hospital.

The mano river union first ladies’ initiative is aimed at rebranding maternal and child health facilities towards improving access towards maternal

health service. During the program a huge consignment of assorted medical items provided by the office of the first lady was presented to the maternity unit of the Kenema government hospital. The chairman of the ceremony who doubles as provincial secretary east George pinikis says Sierra Leones maternal and child health care is a strong policy in the Agenda for prosperity. He says the equipment donated to the maternity unit will help enhance efficiency in service delivery at the hospital’s maternity unit. The newly

transferred medical superintendent Dr. Dennis Masuba thanked the office of the first lady for its drive to improve maternal and child health facilities. He encouraged women of child bearing age to make use of the facilities available at the maternity unit.

Mrs. Linda Koroma deputy secretary general mano river union says that they are happy to be part of the initiative especially as it is geared towards improving of child health and maternal facilities amidst the Ebola crisis. She says that they are in solidarity with the government of Sierra Leone noting

that the mano river union was one of the first organizations to give support to the government of Sierra Leone when Ebola struck. She confirms that the union is currently working to adequately respond to post Ebola challenges in the three worst affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

. Women and girls issues must be given due consideration she adds. The deputy minister of health two madam Madina Rahman representing the First Lady says that most of the gains made in the countries health sector have been distorted by the Ebola crisis and that the need to eradicate the disease cannot be over emphasized.

The chief executive director of UN WOMEN launched the pilot project and MRU protocol for infection control.

Mattresses face mask, incubators are just some of the medical items presented.

KOJO KWAFO SLBC