Kwara SOML: Trained health workers laud initiative

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….as SOML Kwara trains 400 primary health workers

Primary Health Workers undergoing health training at the instance of the kwara state government through the
Saving One Million Lives (SOML) project have described the training exercise as very helpful, useful and a calculated attemot to improve maternal and child health care system in the state.

Speaking with journalists at Omu-Aran, the Headquarters of Irepodun local government, where the training was taking place, the trainees, who are nurses and midwives that were drawn from Public primary health center across Local goverment areas in the state, said the training has afforded them ample opportunity to be more equipped in terms of skills that are streamlined towards the global best practices.

Hajia Asmau Saka Apalando from Agbaji Health Center in Ilorin West local government, Mrs Fumilayo Alex Ayeni from Ekiti local government, Mr Idris Jia from Irepodun local government and Mrs Adebomi Oluwakemi from Isin local goverment in their separate remarks lauded the initiative and were confident that the training would go along way in adding value to maternal and child Health care in the state

They commended the state government for the choice of competent and experienced tutors whose lectures have given them tremendous knowledge on how best to address challenges confronting maternal and child health care system in the state.

Earlier in his comment, Dr Umar Ibraheem Hassan, the state programme Manager, Saving One milion lives (SOML) programme, Kwara state, said the ongoing training started in April and the plan was to train between 320 and 400 health workers in the state.

Dr Hassan stated further that the training was on integrated maternal and child illnesses, saying that SOML focuses on the Primary Health Care system simply because is the closest to people.

He said that SOML programme was targeted at mothers and children especially those under 5, pointing out that the rationale behind the project is to record reduction in marternal mortality.

According to him, the primary health workers need to have precise understanding, particularly about what they need to do when it comes to common ailments that affect the target population.

Dr Hassan emphasised that the training addresses issue of adherence to guindelines and captures management of fever in children, management of nemonia and treatment of Malaria among other related ailments.

He stated further that the trainees are undergoing adequate knowledge and needed skills to be able to identify danger signs as soon as patient is brought to the hospital for them to do the necessary thing or make a quick referer if need arises.

According to him, Nurses, midwives, senior, community and social health workers, and other related health personnel are drawn from various primary health centers across the the 16 local government areas for the training.

He added that mental positive attitude towards the patient from the health workers was also embedded in the training.

In his comment, the Director of Health Training for African Executive and Career Development Limited, Dr Mubasir Uthman said the training was designed to improve the knowledge and skills of health workers in the state.

According to him, what we are doing is to build on the existing knowledge they have aquired and this will reduce marternal mortality among other health challenges in the state.

We are trying to elicit the best approach, and they are being thought in a manner to achieve the best result.

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