More Nurses and Midwives receive training on Making Pregnancy Safer in Bo

18. 07. 04
posted by: Kadrie Koroma

 (L-R) Senesie Margao, Fatmata Kamara,(center) Matron Mary Fullah Deputy CNMO, Matron Safula Mansaray, and Minnesha Yasmine

Continuing in equipping health care providers, more Nurses and Midwives from Kailahun, Kenema, Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba, Mattru Jong and Bonthe have commenced a five-day training on “Making Pregnancy Safer” Maternal Health Updates from Monday July 2 to Friday July 6, 2018 at the John Bosco hall, Manjama in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone.

 The training was organized by the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Mary Fullah disclosed that there is a robust reform taking place in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services is no exception.

She informed her audience that they have developed the Nursing and Midwifery Policy and several guidelines which will give direction to provide quality nursing and midwifery services to the nation.

Matron Mary Fullah thanked the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF) for their support to Sierra Leone over the years, adding that as a country they are happy for the supports especially in building the capacity of nurses and midwives who are the front line workers for the Ministry.

She commended the executive of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA) for organizing such an educative training, and for their continuous support to the Directorate of the Nurses and Midwifery Services.

The Deputy Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer reminded participants about their roles in service delivery and that the Ministry will continue on the spot check to monitor nurses and midwives, adding that they should always remember that they are civil servants and should work within the codes of the service.

She expressed appreciation to participants for attending the training and reminded them about some of the activities at the Directorate that is geared towards the progress of the profession.

Matron Fullah assured all that the Directorate will continue to work in making sure that their challenges are addressed accordingly, and encouraged them to share their knowledge and skills gain in the training with colleagues in their various health facilities.

The Education Consultant, Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, Minnesha Yasmine said her coming to Sierra Leone is to impact knowledge by giving nurses and midwives updates on the current trends of care provision so that they can work as a team.

She called on participants to look at the motivating factors that are affecting their facilities, fine solution to the factors, so that they can work together to make pregnancy safer.

The President of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA) Senesie Margao said access to health care is a fundamental human right, and nurses and midwives are central to ensuring that access within the health care settings are paramount.

He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation for their continuous support to Sierra Leone in ensuring that nurses and midwives get the basic training in making pregnancy safer, and appealed to participants to make good use of the training.

The Chairman for the opening ceremony and Deputy Matron of the Pujehun Government Hospital, Matron Fatmata Kamara admonished participants to concentrate and make meaningful contribution in the training as they were selected not by chance but by choice.