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Maternal morbidity: Ondo trains 80 birth attendants

Kemi Olatunde

In an attempt to prevent maternal morbidity and mortality in Ondo State, 80 Nurses and Community Health Officers have been trained.

In his address at Ondo East Local Government, Hall, Bolorunduro, venue of the event, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), Dr Francis Akanbiemu, appreciated the health workers and the Agency team for putting the workshop in place, noting that government will continue to build the capacity of the health workers through training and retraining as well as health facilities infrastructure upgrade to improve the quality of health services delivery in the state especially at the Primary Health Care.

Dr Akanbiemu, who was represented by the Director of Medical Service in the Agency, Dr Paulinus Omode said: “the government of Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is working assiduously to ensure the upgrading of Primary Health Care (PHC) infrastructure in Ondo State in order to deliver better quality health care services.”

Head of Department, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology, University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo State, Dr. Oladiran Ayodeji said the workshop would enhance the birth attendants in child delivery.

According to him, the most common causes of maternal mortality is hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (42.9 percent) and sepsis (42.9 percent). adding that Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) was responsible for 14.2 percent of maternal deaths.

“The issues of maternal mortality is a worldwide problem, but most of it comes from Nigeria, and our country is now becoming embarrassment to itself and the whole world and it is not that we cannot take care, or solve this problem: Patients that die come from our community which is the reason for engaging health workers from the grassroot in the primary health tier of the healthcare system.” He explained.

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Head of Local Government Administration, Ondo East, Mrs. Busola Adufe, appreciated the Department for organizing the workshop stating that it would help the participants have a better understanding of their job.

Primary Health Care Coordinator and Medical Officer of Health for Ondo East LGA, Dr. Babatunde Akinbinu explained that the exercise aimed at retraining staff on steps to prevent maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the local government.

“Although we have had no documented incidence of maternal mortality in the period I have been in office, I expect that there would be an improvement in general Maternal and Child Health indices in Ondo State after this exercise, especially in this local government area.” He added.

One of the participants, Mrs Oluwatosin Akomolafe, described it as a refreshing workshop saying “so many things we have forgotten in part, we were able to remember them again, which will even help us to improve in our services to our patients and it will also increase our skills and proficiency.”

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