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Day-1 Report of 5-Day Training of Health Care Providers on Emergency obstetric Care (EMoC) and Antenatal Care (ANC) in Rural Communities in Adamawa State, Nigeria

A 5 day training workshop was organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) for health care providers in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The training was held at the EaglesPath Hotel and Suites, Jemita Yola, from 15th -19th  Oct. 2018.

The objective of the training was to build capacity of healthcare providers to provide Maternal and Child health services through mobile outreach health services to people living in hard-to-reach communities, internally displace person’s camps and host communities affected by insurgency in Adamawa State, Nigeria. A total of 42 participants from 10 communities namely, Yola North and South, Mubi, Numan, Fufore, Girei, Madagali, Michika, Hong, Lamurde participated in the training. The participants comprised a Doctor, 19 Nurse/Midwives and 21 Community health extension workers. Also in attendance was the Adamawa State reproductive health coordinator and a serving corp member.

Day 1.

The program started with a welcome/open remarks by WHARC Executive Director, Dr. Wilson Imongan. He welcomed all participants who registered for the training and assured them that their expectations, he believed will be met.

Each participant stated his/her expectations and the majority hoped to have in-depth knowledge on EmoC and ANC and how to better manage their patients in areas affected by insurgency.  

The first lecture on Antenatal care was delivered by Dr Victor Ohenhen (Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Central Hospital Benin). In his lecture, he described Antenatal care as a specialized pattern of care organized for pregnant women to enable them attain and maintain a state of good health throughout pregnancy and to improve their chances of having safe delivery of healthy infants.  He stressed that ANC visit in Northern Nigeria is very low and it is evident from studies conducted all over the world that countries with high antenatal clinic attendance have low maternal mortality rate/ratio and the higher the proportion of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics, the higher the proportion delivering at health facilities. He also stressed on the need of making ANC empathic, reassuring and pleasurable and highlighting the goals of regular ANC visits. Picture 2 below  display Comments, Questions and answers  section afterwards.

                                              

Dr. Victor Ohenhen Delivering ANC Lecture                 Goal of Regular ANC visit

 

 

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