Docs seek train­ing to re­duce in­fant, ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - – Ta­mara Bai­ley

DOZENS OF physi­cians and med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers from Man­dev­ille and the Man­dev­ille Re­gional Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day gath­ered for a sen­si­ti­sa­tion ses­sion on the req­ui­site skills needed to re­duce ma­ter­nal and child mor­tal­ity at the fa­cil­ity.

The Pro­gramme for the Re­duc­tion of Ma­ter­nal and Child Mor­tal­ity is an ini­tia­tive of the Min­istry of Health, through the Euro­pean Union and the Univer­sity of the West Indies, where clin­i­cal fel­low­ships for gov­ern­mentem­ployed spe­cial­ist physi­cian are granted to a select group­ing across the is­land.

Michael Bent from the South­ern Re­gional Health Author­ity (SRHA) said: “We’re happy to be par­tic­i­pants in this pro­gramme to have per­sons trained ... we ask per­sons to cap­i­talise on this op­por­tu­nity as we want to en­sure that SRHA con­tin­ues to of­fer the high­est level of health care.”

Ac­cord­ing to pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Dr Si­mone Spence, the pro­gramme has seen a num­ber of physi­cians tak­ing up fel­low­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. How­ever, aware­ness still has to be cre­ated for the slots avail­able.

One physi­cian from the Man­dev­ille Re­gional Hospi­tal has al­ready com­pleted the two-year pro­gramme in neona­tol­ogy, while an­other is set to com­plete the fe­tal ma­ter­nal spe­cial­ity fel­low­ship in Jan­uary 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer at the hospi­tal, Ever­ton McIn­tosh, there were ap­prox­i­mately 30 peri­na­tal deaths for the last quar­ter, and two year-to-date ma­ter­nal deaths, fig­ures he is hop­ing will be re­duced by 50 per cent, with the req­ui­site train­ing re­ceived by physi­cians.

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