The Government of Liberia (GoL), and the Family Planning Association of Liberia (FPAL), with support of partners and other stakeholders yesterday, September 25, 2018, began a two-day National Family Planning Conference in Monrovia.
The conference which is being held on the theme: “National Investment for Access to Quality Family Planning for Health and Economic Development” is taking place at the Monrovia City Hall.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, Dr. Francis N. Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health who is also the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Liberia said the conference seeks to educate both men and women of the importance of family planning.
Dr. Ketteh said the participants of the conference would be taught how to carryout family planning including the means to reduce the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the country.
According to the Liberia Chief Medical Officer, the conference is also in line with government’s effort aimed at building a resilient healthcare delivery sector.
He said Liberians; particularly ordinary people need to be educated on family planning methods.
He thanked all who are working with the Government of Liberia, Family Planning Liberia and others in building a resilient health system in the country.
Delivering her keynote address at the occasion, Liberia’s Vice President, Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, commended the Ministry of Health for its commitment to promoting family planning education in the country.
Vice President Taylor also lauded collaborating partners aimed at improving Liberia’s healthcare delivery system.
He stressed the need to implement key recommendations from the conference for the benefit of all.
Vice President Taylor also underscored the need for more support to the nation’s health sector at all times and assured government’s commitment and dedication to improving the sector including family Planning programs.
According to VP Taylor, a healthy people make a healthy nation and as such, programs such as Family Planning should be supported.
“Liberia has got everything it takes to achieve its Family Planning targets. For this to happen, there must be deliberate and sustained efforts by government to make more investments in family planning beyond what is already being done,”Dr. Taylor emphasized.
“Until we reach every woman, man, boy and girl who need information and family planning services, our job cannot be completed,” she stressed.
For her part, the Director of Maternity Family Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Madam Bentoe Zoogley said the importance of the Conference is to reduce the burdens associated with Maternity and the death of teenagers at birth.
Giving the ratios as regard the burdens of maternity in Liberia, she disclosed that for every 100,000 pregnant women who go to deliver, 1,072 of them die and for every 1000 new born, about 26 of them die.
She added that Liberia is among 100 countries in the world that suffer from maternity child birth.
“We need to go behind family planning and go back to the simple ways we live, it is important to talk about no sex until you are prepared,” she stressed.
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