TY Danjuma foundation trains nurses on child mortality in A/Ibom



A TY Danjuma Foundation, Weekend, organised a 2-day training programme for Primary Health care nurses in Akwa Ibom state.

It said the aim was to address the high rate of maternal and new born mortality in the state.

The Foundation said it has continued to support activities aimed at reducing mortality rates among children through the implementation of health mother, healthy child project in the state.

The executive director of the Foundation, Mr. Gima Forje stated this at a programme organised in collaboration with the Reproductive Health Unit of the state Ministry of Health and Antof Rural Resource Development Centre.

Forje said the Healthy Mother, Healthy Child Project aims at ensuring that at least 700 pregnant women across Nsit Atai, Mbo and Urue Offong/Oruko Local Government Areas make at least four ANC visits and the capacity of the healthcare workers who attend to these pregnant women is strengthened.

He said the Foundation is worried that according to Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS, 2018) the under-five mortality rate in Nigeria is 132 per 1,000 live births meaning that 1 in 8 Nigerian children never reach the age of 5.

“Concerned about the high rate of maternal and newborn mortality in the country, TY Danjuma Foundation has continued to support activities which contribute to reduction of maternal and newborn mortality through the implementation of Healthy Mother, Healthy Child Project in Akwa Ibom state.

“The Foundation is worried that according to Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS, 2018) the under-five mortality rate in Nigeria is 132 per 1,000 live births meaning that 1 in 8 Nigerian children never reach the age of 5. It would be recalled that in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified Nigeria as having the world’s fourth highest maternal mortality rate.

“Premised on these the Foundation is supporting Primary Healthcare Workers for 2-Day Refresher Training on Maternal and Newborn Care with focus on Pre-Ecclampsis, amongst other activities on the Healthy Mother, Healthy Child Project in Akwa Ibom State.

“TY Danjuma Foundation in collaboration with the Reproductive Health Unit of the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health and Antof Rural Resource Development Centre brought together these nurses from Primary Healthcare Centres in Nsit Atai Local Government Area in the state to the 2-day Refresher Training in a bid to contribute to reduction in maternal and newborn mortality” he said

Forje said the Healthy Mother, Healthy Child Project is being implemented by ARRDEC in collaboration with host communities while engaging the various community structures that impact women’s care-seeking behaviour to promote uptake of services for ANC and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) at three Primary Healthcare Centres each, in Nsit Atai, Mbo and Urue Offong/Oruko LGAs.

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