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Ondo State Government trains 100 doctors on life saving skills

By: Abooluwa Famakinwa Date: 15-12-2018

Towards reducing Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality in Ondo State, the state government has began the training of not less than 100 doctors in secondary health facilities on Basic Life Saving Skills.

While declaring open the 2nd batch of the training exercise in Akure, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro who reiterated government determination to improve the quality of health of citizens of the state, noted that most maternal and neonatal deaths result from complications which can be averted through existing lifesaving medical and surgical interventions that are relatively inexpensive and should be readily available.

Dr Adegbenro noted that recent UNICEF report (2018), Nigeria has been ranked the 11th highest in the death of neonates and that most of these deaths, could have been prevented with the availability of well-trained health workers that can offer lifesaving support needed for the survival of the newborn.

While stressing the need for doctors to know the steps of a quality Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and also lead its team, the commissioner stated that the role of the physician in emergency care is not only evolving but also expanding.

While commending the sponsor, Ondo Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML), for its support in increasing utilisation and quality of high impact reproductive, children health and nutrition interventions, he charged participants to avail themselves the opportunity to be equipped with the necessary skills needed to improve the health sector and added that they should be ready to become change agents in their different facilities so as to prevent untimely deaths.

He added that government will always give necessary support to health workers so as to guarantee effective service delivery.

Speaking earlier, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals’ Management Board (HMB), Dr. Niran Ikuomola explained that the topic was chosen based on the board’s observation from its statutory monitoring exercises.

He hinted that the exercise will go a long way in bridging the gap and also improve the quality of health services. While charging participants on the need to be attentive during the three day exercise, he called for an improvement in the health sector next year.

In his goodwill message, Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary HealthCare Development Board, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu who stated that there is a mismatch between the mortality rate and the calibre of health workers in the state, commended HMB and SOML for organising the training exercise stressed the need for constant training for effective performance.

He explained that the success of Primary HealthCare facilities depends on secondary facilitaties saying goal depends on the success and strength of secondary facilities because that is where cases beyond the primary healthcare are referred.

In his message Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Dipo Durojaiye stressed the need to equip participants with skills needed to discharge their duties in order to deal with the various medical challenges.

Project Manager, SOML, Dr. Abiola Ogunenika hinted that the Saving One Million Lives for Results, is making frantic effort at reducing Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality in Nigeria. she expressed the organization’s readiness to partner with HMB in its regular monitoring exercise so as to achieve the desired dream for the health sector.

Responding, Dr. Ayodele Adiji and Funmi Ehinmosan said the health service delivery will improve if such training from time to time.


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