By Correspondent in Ilorin
Johnson and Johnson (JnJ), the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) say they have organised Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (EMONC) training
for 1,000 Kwara state health workers.
The participants, according to them include medical doctors, nurses and community health workers.
Speaking at the training for the participants, the Senior Technical Officer, maternal and newborn health of the LSTM, Dr. Hauwa Mohammed, said the training was aimed at improving availability and quality of maternal and newborn care in the state as well as reduce maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria.
“The statistics of maternal mortality rate in the country is not good. Women still die in the communities. Women that attend antenatal care are very high but when it come to delivery, only few, less than 10 per cent that attended antenatal care come out to deliver.
” This means that they are delivering somewhere else. The maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria is still high and we have a lot of work to do.
On factors responsible for low turn out of women in delivery, Mohammed said that there were many factors for the low turn out, adding that the organization had introduced respectful maternity care concept to check the development.
“You know if a woman delivers with a traditional birth attendant, her mother will come in, she will be there robbing her back, her husband will be allowed into that small place.
” But with respectful maternity care concept, people know you cannot allow companion during labour but she can assume any position she want to deliver. With traditional birth attendant, you can deliver squatting down.
“You can sit down you can stand up, you can do whatever you want and that is part of respectful mortality care, as long as there is no complication. The woman has no problem. I’m sure with that, it will improve,” she said.
Also speaking, the programme director of Wellbeing Foundation, Dr. Otun Adewole, noted that when health workers managing mothers and baby were well trained and given the required skills, they were likely to deliver better.
“The first time we had such opportunities in Nigeria was in 2015 facilitated by Mrs. Toyin Saraki.
” The programme we are doing today is just like a round off of the programmes that has been on for over five years.
“The programme has recorded 38 per cent reduction in maternal death and pregnancy related issues. We have also trained close to 1,000 health workers across doctors, nurses community health workers.
“The ripple effect of it is that, they would go back to their facilities and train more people on this. The programme has also donated 10 skills labs for a hospital in Kwara state, whereby hospital management board can also work on that in training and retraining new recruits and other staff that have not been trained
“Other Ministry of health should key into the training and retraining of their health workers.
“As a result of brain drain, we don’t have enough doctors, nurses are going enmasse. When you train the little ones, you are rest assured that the little people on ground will be well equipped and they would know what to do at the right time.
“Government should key into it, make use of the materials given to it and invest more in training its health workers as it will go a long way to help”, he said.
In his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Abubakar Ayinla, noted that the training had brought development to health system in the state.
Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries of the training programme, Dr. Akorede Kamil, from General Hospital, Omu-Aran in the Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, expressed delight on the programme, saying that participants would key into the training programme and train others.