The District Medical Officer (DMO) Kenema Dr. Yankuba Madina Bah has officially opened a new Maternal and Child Health Clinic at Nyandeyama community in Kenema city.
In his statement during the ceremony Dr. Bah praised the nurse in charge nurse Helen Kekura for putting up a health post for the people of Nyandeyama community and the city as a whole especially pregnant women and children.
The DMO assured his audience that any report from the clinic would be forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Office in Freetown for on ward transmission to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Bah discouraged people not to take medical advice from quark doctors but to visit appropriate health centers in the city.
He called on everyone in the community to make good use of the opportunity given to them and informed the pregnant women that all of them will be tested for HIV to prevent the unborn child from getting the sickness.
In his contribution the section chief of Gbolambayama section in Nongowa chiefdom in the Kenema District Chief Alhaji Ahmed Benson Suwu said he was proud of women who are hard working in communities, saying that nurse Helen Kekura is no exception to this praise as she has proved herself to the community of Nyandeyama.
Chief Suwu called on other landowners in the city to copy the good example of nurse Helen for development in the Nyandeyama community, and to give support to other people who may want to undertake similar development in the city or the community they find themselves.
Chief Suwu discouraged pregnant women not to deliver at homes but at appropriate places like clinics or at the government hospital in Kenema city as defaulters will be penalized. He pledged his fullest support to the clinic at all times as development is always his goal.
In her statement the District Health Sister nurse Hawa Daramy called on the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the Nyandeyama community to work with nurse Helen and to immediately report critical cases to the government hospital in Kenema as there are ambulances for emergency cases at all times.
Sister Hawa Daramy called on those who are sexually active to always make use of the condom to prevent them from HIV, and she also urged all parents and guardians to send their girl child to school, as education is the key to success.
In his contribution the town chief of Nyandeyama section chief Alicious Vandi Suwu thanked nurse Helen for her good work and called on all and sundry to support the clinic by making good use of the clinic in their community saying it is a blessing for the Nyandeyama community. Earlier in his opening statement the chairman of the programme Abdul Karim Karifa alias AKK extended thanks and appreciation to nurse Helen for the venture under taken to save the lives of children and pregnant women in the community. He described her as a woman of substance emphasizing that it is government’s determination to reduce infant maternal mortality rate in the country. A meaningful contribution was made by one of the community elder chief Momoh Tolie while the vote of thanks was moved by the nurse in charge nurse Helen Kekura.
By Saffa Moriba in Kenema