Women in Kono district in the east of the country have commemorated the International Women’s Day at Fachimah hall in Koidu town on the theme Stop Violence against women.
Addressing her colleagues at Fachimah hall the first lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone Sia Koroma described the theme for this year’s conference as very meaningful, because it frowns at any form of violence against women of this Nation.
She called for recognition of the roles played by women in conflict resolution and nation building as partners in development. Mrs. Koroma lauded the effort of women in the country where she says maternal mortality rate is too high. She appealed for unity and love among the women of this nation at all times saying that unity is strength.
In his statement the representative of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the program Dr. Bockarie pledged his Ministry’s continuous commitment to reduce maternal mortality rate in the country. Dr. Bockarie blames the failure of women to attend clinics during pregnancy as a major factor responsible for some maternal deaths in the country.
Doctor Bockarie advised women of Sierra Leone to embrace family planning methods as a solution to some of the threats posed by the high reported maternal cases in their communities. He admonished the women folks to be aware of the dangers posed by the use of traditional herbs during pregnancy, and called on pregnant women to regularly attend clinics as the only way out. He appealed to the government for the training of medical personnel inorder to beef up the health system in the country. Bockarie encouraged doctors to be faithful to their duties and serve the nation diligently to the best of their knowledge. After the conference the women are expected to develop a working document to be presented to the government for action in the interest of all women in the nation.
By Saffa Moriba In Kenema