New Health Partners Train Stakeholders on Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care in Kwara State

New Health Partners Train Stakeholders on Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care in Kwara State
New Health Partners Train Stakeholders on Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care in Kwara State

Groundbreaking Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (EmONC) training has been scheduled for healthcare facilities in Kwara State. This is a project partnered by Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Johnson & Johnson, as well as Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The program has been active in 7 out of the 16 local council areas of the state and is expected to improve health outcomes for mothers and their newborns.
Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, expressed confidence in the ability of the partnership to save lives. She said the program had so far led to a 15% reduction in maternal case fatality rate and a 38% reduction in stillbirth in health care facilities in other places. The organizers also said its extension to other councils follows the successful completion of the first two phases, which have been affirmed as transforming the capacity of healthcare workers and saving lives during labor.
Mrs. Saraki said, “Partnerships like ours are so important because of the huge improvements that it could readily made. 80% of all maternal deaths result from five complications, which can be readily treated by qualified and trained health professionals. These includes Hemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, complications of abortion and obstructed labor. Our EmONC training is so successful because it takes place in-house and equips doctors, nurses and midwives. It is a collective team, with the skills needed to overcome these obstetric emergencies. We will build on the lessons we have learnt from the partnership to improve outcomes across all local councils in the state.”
Country Manager for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in Nigeria, Michelle Akande, said, “We believe, in partnerships, we can achieve so much than what we can achieve alone. Because of partners as these, we believe that we can achieve the aspiration of ending preventable maternal and child death. However, we need each and every one of you to join us because it is our collective dedication and commitment that will make the aspiration a reality.”
Also, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Dr. Charles Ameh said, “What is particularly exciting about phase three of this program is the ability to improve the availability and quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care across the entire state. He explained that the partnership, which also has the Ministry of Health in the state, would allow LSTM to consolidate on the capacity of health care workers.”

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