Toyin Saraki: Training of Health Workers Will Reduce Infant Mortality

Date: 2018-01-27

Wife of the Senate President and Founder of Well Being Foundation Africa, Mrs. Toyin Saraki has said that training and re-training of health workers remained a panacea for reducing infant mortality and morbidity among pregnant women across the world.

Saraki disclosed this in Ilorin yesterday, while speaking at a training organised for over 600 medical doctors, nurses and other health workers, at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ilorin.

The training, on how to improve the availability and quality of maternal and newborn care in the state, was organised by the Well-Being Foundation Africa, a Project of the Wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

According to her, the exposure of the selected health stakeholders would go a long way in assisting them to acquire life-saving skills.

Mrs. Saraki, said the training started in 2015 and that yesterday's was meant to refresh the skills of health workers in the state on modern ways of saving lives. Saraki, who was represented by a consultant with the Well-being Foundation, Mrs. Funsho Abdullahi, noted that apart from over 600 health workers that had undergone the training, thousands of health workers had also gone through in-house training to achieve the desired goals.

She added that the participants were drawn from six local government councils, including Ilorin West, East, Kaiama, Edu, Offa and Irepodun Local Government Areas of the State with the target of extending it to other local government areas in the state.

She reiterated her determination to continue to seek funding windows towards ensuring zero maternal and infant mortality in the state.

Earlier, the Senior Technical Director of Liverpool School of Tropical School, Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Awwa Muhammed said that the programme was organised to expose medical personnel into the real rudiments of training medical personnel that would ensure good health care of pregnant women during and after delivery. This, she said would go a long way to reduce infant mortality and morbidity in the society.

Dr. Muhammed said that seven local government councils of the state have been benefiting from the training, so as to reach out to people in the grassroots.

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