Nasarawa State Government has commenced the training of 52 health workers on how to manage labour during child birth, to ensure successful delivering and reduce maternal mortality rate in the state.
Mr Usman Obadiah, the Operation Officer of Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML P4R), state Ministry of Health, made this known in Keffi.
It was at a one-week training of Trainers (TOT) on Modified Life Saving Skills for Health workers in Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme was being supported by SOMLP4R while health workers were selected across facilities in the state.
“We are all aware of the importance of workers training, especially health workers, to the development of the society.
“This training will go a long way in not only tackling maternal mortality rate but also improve on the health status of our people in various communities across the state.
“The training is being organised to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality in the country, particularly in hard reaching areas, because the high rate of maternal mortality is unacceptable.
“The training also is expected to bridge the manpower gap identified in the health sector.
“The training will boost manpower and for effective healthcare service delivery in various health facilities across the state,” he said.
Obadiah urged health workers to adhere strictly to their professional ethics in order to save lives and for the overall development of the country.
He also urged participants to give adequate attention to the training in order to train others in their various places of primary assignment.
Also speaking, Dr Dogara Okara, the Zonal Coordinator, North-Central and North-East of SOML P4R, lamented the high rate of maternal mortality rate in the country.
He called on the participants and other health workers to exhibit high sense of professionalism while discharging their duties in order to save lives.
NAN also reports that some of the participants who spoke during the training applauded the state government for the training, describing it as timely.
They promised to step down the knowledge gained during the training to others in their various healthcare facilities and to adhere strictly to their professional ethics, in the interest of public health among others.