Seventy-Four (74) nurses from the Maternal Child Health Aids (MCH/AIDS) who were posted to various Peripheral Health Units (PHU) in Kenema and Kailahun Districts, have received their certificates, after completing a three year course, at a special ceremony held at the Ahmed Tejan Kabbah Hall, at the Eastern Polytechnic Campus along Combema Road. The Principal of the Eastern Polytechnic, Dr. Sandi Bockarie described the day as a great day for the people of Kenema and Kailahun Districts.
He said gone are the days when women die during child birth, as more trained and qualified MCH/AIDS nurses are now available.
He described them as the greatest of the Health Sector as they are responsible for bringing every body out alive. The Principal stressed that the health delivery service is a wonderful service that cannot be paid for.
The District Medical Officer (DMO), Kenema District Dr. Yankuba Bah pointed out that the day is historic for the nurses; as they have gone through their courses, which he said is not a child’s play. He said the District Health Management Team (DHMT) and Kenema District Council have agreed to upgrade the MCH/AIDS nurses qualification. He called on the parents to encourage the graduands to learn more, noting that the profession is a progressive one.
The National Training Coordinator, Sr. Fatmata Mansaray revealed that the MCH/AIDS training started in 1978; adding that the aim is to help women deliver and take care of the under fives. Sr. Mansaray then called on them as trained and qualified nurses to show respect and concern for the community people. She cautioned them not to put money before the work, especially in delaying patients for money. “Do not use the certificate as weapons for your husband. Do not drink during working hours and be mindful of what you do and say at all times,” she advised. The Deputy National Coordinator for MCH/AIDS and also President of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association, Sr. Patricia Abu, cautioned the graduands that their patients should be paramount to them, as their community should be first in what ever they are doing.