People in southeastern Liberia, mainly Sinoe County, have lauded the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) with support from Swedish Government for health services it has provided to enable women have access to medical facilities, contraceptives, delivery and reduction in maternal mortality.
The team through BRAC-Liberia has constructed a modem clinic in Kwitatuzon, Sinoe County, provided medical equipment and drugs therein to enable women have free access to sexual and reproductive health rights.
The Kwitatuzon clinic was dedicated on Saturday, April 18, 2021, with joint members of the high delegation including representatives from the Ministry of Health headed by Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi, the County Health team, the county leadership, traditional leaders, women and youth groups at the dedication ceremony.
During the ceremony, residents expressed gratitude to the Swedish government and UNFPA for Constructing the modern health center that will benefit mostly women and children.
“This new clinic that has been built here is very impactful because we will not have to give birth home, but will get treatment from the genesis of our pregnancy until will give birth at the clinic which will reduce the death of women during child birth,” Comfort Blomo, a women representative said.
Comfort said the Clinic will enable community members have access to train medical workers rather than covering distances to seek quality health care.
Traditional leaders expressed gratitude to the Swedish government and UNFPA, requesting for medical support to get the hospital functional in order to have a healthy community.
The delegation also visited the Fish Town Hospital in River Gee County to listen and understand some of the challenges for possible intervention.
The County Health Officer, Dr. Trokon Washington, told the visiting guest including Swedish Ambassador Ingrid Watterqvist, UNFPA Dr. Ndyanabangi and Assistant Health Minister Dr. Gorbee Logan that the hospital is performing exceptionally well by meeting the health needs of the population.
He said due to the intervention by UNFPA with support from the Swedish Embassy the hospital now has a counselling center for rape survivors and can provide contraception to reduce teenage pregnancy.
Washington said the lack of food for patients who are admitted at the hospital is a major impediment to the smooth operation of the health center because some patients who travel from far areas with no relatives in Fish Town often refuse to stay on the ward to complete their treatment due to hunger.
The team during its tour in the southeast made a stop at the Donna K Isaason school of Midwifery (DKISM), where they were received warmly by students of the school.
Mrs. Sawah K. Shaffa, DKISM Director, said the visit shows the level of love that the Swedish Government and UNFPA have for Midwives across Liberia.
She praised Sweden for providing funding through UNFPA to ensure that the DKISM that is clothed with the responsibility to reduce maternal mortality in the southeast region is still operational.
“It was UNFPA through the support of Swedish Emmbasy that reopened the school in 2019 that we are receiving support today. We are grateful to UNFPA for the support and the constant engagement that has impacted the lives of 34 registered midwives that have graduated and assigned in the southeastern part of Liberian. 42 seniors are expected to graduate in December, 37 junior and 51 freshman students are still here,” Mrs. Shaffa said.
She recalled that students and staffs were sometimes attacked during the night and their belongings taken away by convicts who break Jail because the campus was venerable, adding, “When the information reached UNFPA, that’s how they started the construction of fence to ensure our students are protected.”
Ambassador Watterqvist said the Swedish government’s support to Liberia is what DKISM is benefiting from, stressing that the country in need of professionals who will rewrite the story of women.