Doctors train rural workers on babies’ resuscitation
Doctors have begun training a second batch of primary health care workers in resuscitation of newborns, as part of efforts to tackle deaths among newborns and in children aged up to two years by “helping the breathe”.
The 50 health workers selected for training this week were the second set to be trained since March this year, selected from 215 health centres in the FCT.
“Daily, a lot of women delivers babies in health centres where there are no healthcare works and even places, where you have healthcare workers there is need for training and retraining to ensure efficient service delivery,” Dr Chiedozie Achonwa, who chairs the Nigerian Medical Association’s FCT chapter said.
Death from suffocation is a major killer of newborns, and skills to revive them are crucial in settings where a doctor cannot be readily reached.