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Sierra Leone News: Nurses Association holds symposium

Members of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association have organized a four-day scientific symposium on the role of nurses in reducing maternal and infant mortality. Maternal and infant mortality is shamefully high in this country.
President of the Nurses Association, Senessie Magao, spoke on the theme,” The role of Nurses in reducing maternal and infant mortalities” describing nurses as a force for change and encouraged them to demonstrate professionalism with passion, care and love as they carry out their duties. He appealed to authorities for better conditions of service and motivation in the profession, which will give nurses the courage to work in remote and hard to reach communities.
Addressing the opening sessions in Kenema over the weekend, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Zuliatu Cooper, informed the gathering that the symposium creates an opportunity to share issues and learn from best practice on the international stage, and hoped the experience will move nurses forward collectively to ensure that every institution is doing more to fulfill its obligation to provide high quality nurses working with clinical colleagues in the right place, right time and with the right skills to provide the best in health care.
Deputy Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Mary Fullah, said nurses are celebrating the 194th anniversary of a legend and icon, Florence Nightingale who is considered the founder of the modern nursing profession.
She reminded nurses that this is the time for them to reflect and focus on the ideals of Nurse Nightingale and rethink of how they can go the extra mile to serve and save humanity.
The Principal, National School of Midwifery, Dr. Joan Shepherd noted that midwifery is a specialist field that extends services to pregnant women, young adolescents and new born, a responsibility for which nurses are charged with as they work closely with midwives in maternity settings.
The World Health Organization (WHO) field coordinator in Kenema and the Dean, Eastern Polytechnic, Faculty of Nursing were part of the symposium.
By Ade Campbell
Wednesday May, 17, 2017.

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