Bothered with the rate of maternal mortality in Nigeria, some NGOs recently trained some community health workers in the 16 local government areas of Kwara state.
The training was carried out by a joint initiative of the Well-being foundation Africa and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine towards improving quality of maternal/new born care in the state.
Speaking during a four-day training for selected 25 community health workers in Asa local government area of the state, the Senior Technical Officer Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Nigeria Office, Dr. Hauwa Mohammed, lamented that Nigeria still has a high rate of maternal mortality.
Mohammed said that the training was for health workers that were involved in taking care of pregnant women, women in labour and how to carry out immediate care of new born baby.
She also said that the community health workers were also being trained on life saving skills-essential obstetric care and new born care courses.
“We trained doctors, nurses, midwives and community heath extension workers, all the people that work in maternity unit. We have been running this training in Kwara state since 2014.
“So far, we have worked with seven local governments, and we have trained all their health workers We are going to work in nine local government areas, which means that at the end of the programme, we would have covered all of Kwara state.
Mohammed also said that the NGOs planned to set up a skill attendance and emergency obstetrics care centres in Asa council area, adding that parts of the equipment used for the training would be donated to the centres.
The health expert, however, called on government to intensify efforts at equipping its hospitals for better health care delivery.