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Free health care for moms, kids

2010-04-28 10:38

Freetown – Sierra Leone's president said his government will provide free health care to mothers and children in the West African nation which suffers from high rates of maternal and child mortality.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said as part of the programme, formally launched on Tuesday, free medical treatment will be given to pregnant and breast-feeding women and children under five.

He said the government will distribute $10m worth of medicines.

Unicef, who will distribute $6m worth of medicines, said the campaign will cover more than 1 million children and 250 000 pregnant women and new mothers.

Sierra Leone's rates of maternal and child mortality are among the highest in the world, and the impoverished country is still struggling to recover from a bloody civil war between 1991 and 2002.