NGO trains health workers to curb maternal, neonatal mortality

A Non Governmental Organization, Safe Nigeria Mothers’  Initiative (SANMINTS) has organized a free capacity building training for doctors and the maternity care providers, to curtail maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria.

 Prof. Olabisi Loto

Prof. Olabisi Loto

The training was designed to update and strengthen the health workers’ knowledge and skill on the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Addressing the training, the resource person, Prof. Olabisi Loto stressed that the workshop became necessary,.given the alarming rate of maternal mortality in the country. He advised the participants to take advantage of the all-important training.

He remarked that such training which was very expensive even in the developed countries was being organized free for maternity care providers to adequately equip them and ensure safe delivery for mothers.

The Commissioner for Health in Osun, Dr Rafiu Isamotu decried the disturbing indices on maternal mortality and  urged participants to take advantage of the training and use the knowledge judiciously to address the challenge.

Commissioner for Health in Osun, Dr Rafiu Isamotu

Commissioner for Health in Osun, Dr Rafiu Isamotu

Rafiu further said Osun Government is developing policies that would ensure the global best practices in providing maternity care in the state. He said the policy is in place and  would address the problem of maternal mortality.

“The state government is working on policy that would ensure global best practice in the provision of maternity care. Our Doctors and other maternity care providers should always embark on the necessary training that would increase their capacities and reduce the problem of maternal mortalities.”

“The state government through a synergy between the Ministry of Health would soon come up to help us to checkmate the problem.

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”We acknowledge the fact that maternal mortalities in Nigeria had been on the increase and there is need to curtail the menace. Hence, we must commend SANMINTS for organising this training”, he said.

The SANMINTS coordinator, Dr Omoniyi Adebisi, who is also the course coordinator of the training urged policy makers across the country to pay attention to the issues of maternal mortality and make necessary laws to prevent avoidable  deaths of pregnant women at childbirth.

By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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