A four-day training session has been held for community health workers in ten wards in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State.
The training which was sponsored by the Chinese Government and facilitated by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Gombe State Ministry of Health and the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency for various categories of health workers, aimed at strengthening their capacity in providing integrated quality Primary Healthcare system services.
The first category of the training focused on integrated health services delivery with participants from health facilities, 4 from the LGA and 4 from the 2 Cottage Hospital in Kwami LGA, while the second training covered the orientation of 150 members of the Ward Development Committee from the ten wards in the local government.
They were trained on how to play their roles & responsibilities to improve demand creation, which will subsequently strengthen the capacity of the communities to support, advocate and demand generation for maternal, new-born and child interventions.
The 3rd category was the training of 55 Community Health Influencers and Promoters of Services agents on Integrated Community Case Management, geared towards rolling out community a platform for the management of childhood illnesses, to increase the proportion of poor, marginalized, rural under-five year old children with access to quality integrated child health care services.
The Gombe State Acting Director of Primary Healthcare System Development, Mr. Aminu Saleh Abubakar, said the grant by China was targeted at revitalizing one Primary Healthcare per ward in Kwami Local Government, as the beneficiary Local Government Area for the project, one of which was the four-day training for the front line workers.
“We chose Midwives, because they are responsible for giving services in the facilities.
It include maternal, neonatal and child health, which include immunization, nutrition and health education,” said Abubakar.
The Director Primary Healthcare for Kwami Local Government, Mr. Umar Musa Diri, said the effect of the training would be felt in the areas of reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths in the local government area.
“The training will start reducing the menace of maternal deaths and we hope it will continue to be reducing, because under this training, we may go into IMCH, which will focus on illnesses.
Then the maternal one, which are the most prevalent or most dangerous conditions in the primary health care and I think when this is corrected, not only Gombe, the North East will be better,” Diri said.
Some of the participats shared with Voice of Nigeria what they were taking back home and contribute to the healthcare development of their communities.
A community Health Extension Worker from Kwami Ward, Mrs. Halima Abdullahi, said she learned how to identify some diseases as well as treat patients.
“We are being trained on how to identify three diseases, how to treat them and how to refer those that are beyond our capacity. The new methods I learned are in some of the treatment.”
Mrs. Aishatu Umar has been trained under the Community of Practice Health Service Delivery from Bojude Ward.
“I have learned so many, to reduce the Neo-Natal deaths.
Some people at home they go to hospital, but some do not get the approval of their husband’s but when we reach them in their homes, we will give them the support they need and help them get to a health facility.
So, we learned more from this training. When I get back home, I will put in my effort to see that neo-natal deaths are reduced in Kwami Local Government Area.”
Mrs. Hauwa Mohammed is from Gadam Ward, she said she learned how to care for children in the community.
“ I have learned how to go and take care of children in the villages. There were specific areas we were taught to go and focus on, such as diarrhoea, pneumonia and fever.
For the fever, were taught how to test and know if really it is malaria or not. And there are various medications for the treatment of every one of these diseases and sicknesses.
There is the Zinc Tablet, there is Amoxicillin, and ACT, for the treatment of Malaria, while Zinc is for diarrhoea and Amoxicillin is for pneumonia. In the meantime, if there are cases that I cannot treat, I will refer them to the hospital.”
The trainings are part of a 1 million dollar grant from China, under the China-Africa collaboration, aimed at accelerating maternal, newborn and child health in Nigeria, with the implementation period pegged between January and December 2020
It is targeted at improving the health status of women and children in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State, through the revitalization of the primary health care delivery system by Improving the functionality of primary health care service delivery in its health facilities, outreaches and community-based services in Bojude, Daban Fulani, Doho, Dukkkul, Gadam, Jurara, Komfulata, Kwami, Mallam Sidi and Malleri.
The grant by China is also expected to positively impact on the lives of about 55, 234 children under 5 years of age and 13, 809 pregnant women, 10 functional health facilities, as well as building the capacity of 40 health facility staff and 100 community health workers, to provide quality Mother-to-Child-Health services.