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End maternal deaths, UNIMED VC tasks students

By Sade Adewale, Ondo

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The Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, (UNIMED),Prof. Adesegun Fatusi has charged the nursing students of the university to build themselves up by making effective use of the newly renovated clinical skill centre in order to end preventable maternal death in the state and country at large.

Fatusi stated this during the commissioning of the Maternal and Child Health Nursing (MCHN) skills laboratory, procurement of equipment and Renovation by the United Nations Populations Fund(UNFPA) held in Pre- degree hall, UNIMED Akure Campus.

According to him, in modern training, one of the things we do is to expose students to real-life patients by showing them or allowing them to develop skills and competence in terms of working with a Manikin.

The VC who described MCHN as a lifelike patient stimulator used to represent real-world patients, said they are used to demonstrate many things, by doing this we build more competent health professional groups.

Fatusi added that the new clinical skill laboratory will help them to do better in their training, noting that is not a question of making the students pass but to ensure that the students who are already well trained can have competence and knowledge in the process of their training and experience almost real-life experience.

Fatusi affirmed that the clinical centre will have a tremendous impact on students, trainers, patients and the entire health care system. For students, it will help them to develop competency even without seeing a patient and the trainers will be able to demonstrate more about what they are teaching.

He stressed that the best reward for investment is to partner with institutions particularly academics because it is the gateway to end maternal mortality, and that is why we are building highly develop nurses and midwiferies to change the face of the country.

Also Speaking, the Head of UNFPA, Lagos Liasion office, Dr Omolaso Omosehin said their goal is to end preventable maternal death by 2030.

Omosehin who was represented by Dr Akinkumi Akinbajo noted that the other goals are to end the unmet need for family planning, all formers of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation, early child marriage and all harmful traditional practices.

He added that one of the strategies for reducing maternal mortality apart from family planning is to improve skilled birth attendants and delivery.

Speaking earlier, the permanent Secretary of Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu who was represented by Dr Paulinous Omode said one of the key contributing factors to maternal mortality is the skill of the health workers when a pregnant woman get to that facilities without any delay.

According to him, the ability to take appropriate decision and make appropriate diagnosis of the case of a patient and take necessary decision on it to safe a life is another contributing factors to maternal mortality.

He, however, added that the equipment will improve the quality of midwifery training and this will go along way in improving maternal mortality in the state and country at large.

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