Infant, Maternal Mortality: Rotary Trains Sixty Medical Personnel

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File photo: Medical personnel seen attending to some of the affected students in a public hospital in Kaduna. Photo : BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS
By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Rotary International has said that no fewer than 60 medical personnel in tertiary hospitals in Nigeria have been trained to tackle maternal and infant mortality reduction.
Prof Adedolapo Lufadeju, National Coordinator of Rotary International Programme on Reduction of Maternal Infant Mortality disclosed this during the Training of Maternal Matrons and Medical Records Officers in Uyo on Friday.
Lufadeju stated that recent report showed that about 576 death, out of every 100,000 birth have been recorded in the country.
He said that the programme  aimed at training the medical personnels on how to keep records of every maternal and infant mortality in a data base.
According to him, data base would help investigate on the cause of death and create lasting solution to prevent reoccurrence of such incidence.
“This programme is to train officers of the Tertiary Hospitals,  Head of Gynaecology Department,  Medical Records Officers and Maternal Matrons on how to keep their hospitals in a proper shape and how to reduce maternal and infant death.
“This platform brings the data out from all facilities  in the country. Nothing is hidden anymore. The idea is to record the deaths, review it and put in intervention to ensure that such death does not occur again.
“What we have is 576 death by every 100,000 birth which is a very huge figure. If we are all conscious, and do the right thing, automatically,  maternal and infant death would reduce.
“We can use the data we have to make changes so that the system can be improved in the hospital. If a woman dies due to lack of blood, they should create blood bank.
“The platform gives us the target for intervention and it is those target intervention  that helps to reduce the death rate, ” he said.
Also Speaking, Prof. Oladapo Shittu, of Amadu Bello University Zaria, called on relevant stakeholders to extend a helping hands to pregnant women in their community by enlightening pregnant women on the need to go for antenatal clinic.
“This involves stakeholders who have a key role to play to improving the health of women and children. This is a country where before now, nobody cares when a woman dies. But it is no longer so.
“With this program, when one woman or an infant dies, the data must be uploaded after 24 hours to the national data base and once it goes to the national data base, it triggers up some alarms.
“The national population commission would immediately  know that another Nigerian has died,” Shittu said.

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