The Yobe Government partnered with an NGO — Saving One Million Lives (SOML) to train 150 rural midwives in the state to enhance service delivery in rural communities.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammed Gana, made this known on Friday at the ongoing refresher training for rural midwives in Damaturu.
Gana said “the training is basically about Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, meant to improve and update the skills of midwives on current standards in managing their patients, especially in the rural communities.
“So, this is part of the state government’s efforts to build their capacity so that they will be up-to-date in delivering best services in their fields.”
He said it was one of the Yobe Government’s long term plan in addressing the human resource challenge in the health sector to produce indigenous midwives within the system.
He, therefore, enjoined the participants to be upright and of good behaviour in view of the fact that they would be expected to serve in rural areas where patients patronise available health facilities.
He emphasised that “this is because primary healthcare facilities are aimed at ensuring that services are taken as close as possible to the communities with their full participation.”
Dr Babagana Abba, the Programme Manager of SOML in the state, urged the participants to take the training serious to update their knowledge in modern midwifery.
Abba said the organisation had temporarily engaged 33 midwives and permanently absorbed 30 into the state civil service out of the 300 it engaged in 2017. (NAN)