Ogun State Government has disclosed that the deliberate attention given to primary health care, with special focus on maternal and neonatal child health, was to prevent complications that could lead to secondary and tertiary care.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye stated this at a 3-day training for health workers in Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics and Neonatal Resuscitation titled, “Multidisciplinary Obstetrics Structured Emergency Skills (MOSES), organised by the State Primary Health Care Development Board, in conjunction with Adejoju Adeyemi Foundation Caring Art, UK (AAFCA), at Mitros Residences, Abeokuta.
“As a government, we are focusing on primary health care, especially in the area of maternal, neonatal and Child health because we will be able to reach virtually everybody in the state and it will also prevent complication, that will need secondary and tertiary healthcare”, he explained.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Babatunde Adenuga, said the training would expose participants to international best practice in the health sector and sharpen the professional skills of birth attendants, adding that they have been selected from primary, secondary and tertiary health institutes, as well as schools of midwifery in the State.
Also speaking, the Founder, Adejoju Adeyemi Foundation Caring Art (AFCA), a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital, United Kingdom, Mrs. Adebimpe Motiluko, said maternal care was an important factor for measuring the state of health in any nation, saying the training would give additional skills to birth attendants, thereby reducing maternal and neonatal deaths.
In their separate remarks, the Director of Primary Health Care, Sagamu Local Government and the Reproductive Health Coordinator, Yewa Local Government, Dr. Adekunle Solarin and Mrs. Mary Ige said, it was a well packaged training that had exposed them to new knowledge in skilled birth attendance, maternal care and neonatal resuscitation, noting that it had updated their knowledge on how to avert maternal mortality in the State.