Jan 27, 2009, 5:29 AM
Western Health Region health officials last Saturday held in Brikama a one-day sensitisation workshop for male involvement in sexual and reproductive health matters.
Speaking on the occasion, Juma Jallow, Regional Public Health Nurse for Western Region, said male involvement in RCH activities is very important. He noted that if the men are given the relevant information on reproductive health issues, they would be able to properly take care of their wives during pregnancy.
Mr. Jallow stated that men need to play an active role in improving maternal health, and also help reduce infant mortality in the Gambia.
He pointed out that similar activities will be conducted in Foni and Gunjur respectively.
Lamin Barrow, officer-in-charge at Gunjur health centre, dilating on the importance of anti-natal and post natal care, said men have a role to play during this crucial period. He said that women are always at risk during pregnancy, noting that men should closely monitor the progress of the pregnancy, and also provide good nutritious foods for them.
He added that support and care should be given to them to avoid stress.
Alieu Sonko officer-in-charge Brikama health centre stated that men should also apply family planning methods in order to help women space the birth of their children, noting that the spacing should be at least two years.
Commenting on the importance of blood donation , Barrow said men should always be willing to donate blood to the hospital, adding the blood they donate may save somebody's life.
At the end of the workshop, participants assured the organisers that they would live up to expectations.