The Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative and UN Women have supported the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma’s vision and aspirations for the women and children of Sierra Leone

Port loko hospitalThe Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative and UN Women have supported the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma's vision and aspirations for the women and children of Sierra Leone by providing a Rebranded Maternal and Child health Facility in the Port Loko District. The project aims to rebrand the maternal and child health facilities in Port Loko and Kenema. At a ceremony to launch the rebranded maternal and Child health facility in Port Loko the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma said that the event marks the beginning of a new dawn for the women and children of Port Loko District. The construction of this facility will mark the beginning of a new dawn for the women and children of Port Loko district; their district was one of the hardest hit by the Ebola virus.

 

300 new born babies died of Ebola and other complications, about 100 pregnant women died. Adiatu Kamara is in charge of the under fives clinic at the Port Loko government hospital according to her many women and children have died at this hospital since the start of the Ebola outbreak. It is expected that the project will restore public confidence and increase the utilization of maternal and child health care services for better health outcomes for women and children. The project offers the staff and users of the facilities, the confidence to work and access the services provided in an atmosphere of trust and safety. In her keynote address the First Lady said that health security is vital to the well being of her people. She called on all to work towards the improvement of the country's healthcare system. She expressed hope that the number of outpatient and inpatient admissions and discharges will increase.

The Deputy secretary General of the Mano River Union Mrs. Linda Koroma says that the MRU is proud of the strides taken by the first lady to promote women and Children's issues in Sierra Leone and in the sub region. She commended the health care workers for their resilience in fighting the Ebola disease in the region. The deputy minister of health Madam Madina Rahman says that pregnant women and nursing staff have been severely affected by Ebola, she called on all medical personnel to use the lessons learnt to prevent the spread of an outbreak of any other disease. Madam Rahman called on the nurses to exercise professionalism in the discharge of their duties. The Representative UN Women commended the First Lady for the various initiatives she has come up with to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone.