Doc­tors train ru­ral work­ers on ba­bies’ re­sus­ci­ta­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Judd-Leonard Okafor

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.

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