By our Taraba correspondent
Sad that many children still die of preventable and treatable infectious diseases, the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA) in collaborate with the Additional Finance-Nigeria State Health Investment Project (AF-NSHIP) has began to train health workers on Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI)
The exercise which commenced yesterday in Jalingo, brought together health workers from there out of the sixteen local and councils of the state which includes Karim -Lamido, Bali and Sardauna.
Plans to scale up the training in the remaining thirteen local governments as made known by the Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Hassan Aminu Jauro, have as well been mapped out.
Flagging of the five day training exercise Jauro, who observed that “children are very vulnerable” said “they are special specie that need to be handled with care. ”
Piqued that “there are a lot of death occurring in our health facilities as a result of unskilled hands” the trainees as stated by him “can only be a good health works when you know your roles and responsibilities and discharge them accordingly ” stressing that “we must not allow our children to die as a result of some ailments that are curable. ”
The training which according to him, is aim at reducing the deaths of children in the first five years of life , has become necessary because “a third of the deaths” as stated by him “occurs in the first twenty-eight days of life and malnutrition is an associated factor in more than 50% of the deaths. ”
Preventable diseases which he observed often leads to the death of children under the age of five includes malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles and HIV/AIDs, stating that “these conditions account for more than 70% of the deaths. ”
Studies, as made known by Jauro “have shown that even for the many children that are taken to hospitals and health centres, a significant number is not properly assessed and treated by these health care providers ” stressing that “they also do not receive timely assessment and treatment even when they present early to these facilities resulting to many of them dying of a treatable condition while waiting for their turn in the queue or within 24hours of admission in a hospital. ”
Jauro who observed that “everyday millions of parents seek health care for their sick children, taking them to hospitals, health centres and traditional healers” said a “process of rapid assessment of all children presenting to a health facility need to be in place to determine whether a child has severe illness that would require prompt treatment to stabilize the child before other children who do not have severe illness are seen. ”
Earlier, the State coordinator of the NSHIP, Dr. Ezekiel Ubanus, said the need to improve the capacity of health care workers on the current management of childhood diseases have become necessary hence the decision of the organization in collaboration with the agency in training all our health workers.
Participants who spoke with Naija247news, agreed that the training would not only enriched their knowledge, but would as well expose them to the relevant questions that they need to ask parents who brought their children to the various health facilities .