The 50/50 group in Sierra Leone has welcomed the move by President Koroma to declare free medical facilities for pregnant women, lactating mothers and under five children.
The free medical services will come into being on April 27, 2010.
In the weekly Ministry of Information and Communication press briefing, 50/50 President Harriet Turay said that the free medical services is a welcome move for them.
“I believe that women will appreciate it because they are less fortunate when it comes to getting access to health”.
She stated that many women lost their lives because they don’t have the money to pay the cost for medical services.
Mrs. Turay reiterated that “I know we are going to see increase in pregnancy because of the free medical services”. She hoped that the men will be sensitized so that they could allow their wives to go for the free medical services.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Saidata Sesay stated that women should take this opportunity given to them to have healthy children.
She hoped that this will not give the women passport to increase in the level of pregnancy, adding that women should prize their body and take good care of their children.
The Deputy Minister cautioned Sierra Leoneans to divorce politics from progress, and prosperity for a better Sierra Leone.
Chairman of the UNDP Civil Society Organisation, Victor Koroma said that the role of civil society is extremely important in this drive.
He added that, over the years, they have been campaigning for health issues and human rights issues, adding that over the years they have observed that many things have been prioritized leaving health issues out.
President Koroma move is in the right direction, considering that Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, he said.
Our role in this drive, he said is to ensure that the service is sustainable.
By Abibatu Kamara