NGO to train 5,000 health workers in Kaduna, Lagos, Gombe – Official
Save the Children, an international NGO, said on Friday that it would train 5,000 health care workers in Kaduna, Lagos and Gombe states to improve the quality of health care delivery.
The NGO’s Coordinator in Kaduna State, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, made this known in Kaduna during the inaugural meeting of the project tagged; “Improving Health Workers Capacity in Nigeria”.
Abubakar explained that out of the figure, 1,900 beneficiaries would be selected from Lagos while 1,550 each would benefit in Kaduna and Gombe states.
According to her, the aim is to improve access to life saving health care by building capacity of frontline health workers to deliver quality services to address infant and child mortality.
She said that the training would be conducted with funds from Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), with focus on improving the skills of health care workers in areas with highest skilled gaps.
“Save the children, an international NGO with presence in Nigeria since 2001, has recently access funds from Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) to support the government of Kaduna, Lagos and Gombe states.
“The GSK-funded training was designed to contribute towards an overall goal of improving the quality of health service and reducing maternal newborn and child mortality in the benefiting states.
“The project, a three-year grant, was aimed to collaboratively build the capacity of health workers and support the presence of an enabling environment for health workforce development,” she said.
The coordinator said that available records indicated that Kaduna state with a population of over seven million people had a density of 10.9 doctors, 29.3 nurses and midwives per 100,000 people.
“As in Lagos and Gombe, the distribution of the health workforce in Kaduna is heavily weighted in favour of urban areas and tertiary facilities.
“An assessment conducted in 2013 showed that 296 doctors and 770 nurses were employed in secondary health facilities.
“This is twice the number of doctors and three times the number of nurses employed across all primary health care facilities in the state, “she stated.
According to her, the mortality rate of children under the age of five is 104 to 1000; infant mortality rate is 20.7 to 1000 live births, while maternal mortality rate is 1002 to 100,000 live birth.
“So far, our finding indicates that only 22 per cent of women have access to skilled health care delivery in Kaduna state.”
Earlier, the NGO’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer, Mr Akeem Adesina, explained that the beneficiaries would be trained on specific areas to ensure reduction in new born, children and maternal death.
“The beneficiaries would be trained on delivery of essential newborn care, effective management of vaccine services, injection safety and adverse effects of immunisations on patients.
“They would also be trained on case management of common childhood illnesses among others,’’ Adesina said.