ABIA STATE DIASPORA COMMISSION COLLABORATED WITH INSPIRE HOPE FOUNDATION TO TRAIN HEALTHCARE WORKERS
Abia State Diaspora Commission ably led by Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu (the Executive Secretary/CEO), in collaboration with Inspire Hope Foundation USA (IHF), National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA), organised a one-day ‘Train The Trainer’ workshop tagged ‘Helping Babies Breath Well’ at the women development center, Umuahia for healthcare workers from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state. The clinical staff from the newly commissioned Abia state Children’s hospital (AnnaMarie Jackson Medical center) also participated in the workshop.
Declaring the workshop open, Dr. Joe Osuji (Abia State Commissioner for health), represented by Deaconess Franca Ekwueme (the Permanent Secretary), acknowledged Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu (the Executive Governor) for providing an enabling environment for the training. He also commended the team of medical experts led by Dr. Chinyere Anyaogu for coming to train the health workers, and enjoined the trainees to replicate the knowledge in their different healthcare facilities to help reduce child mortality rate.
Lending her voice, Lady Ngozi Okechukwu (the State Director, NOA) decried the reported level of child mortality, and tasked Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to continue to partner with the government in efforts to reduce child mortality. She also commended the Abia Diaspora commission for the leadership role in organizing the workshop.
Dr Chinagozi Adindu (Executive Secretary ASPHDA) expressed his gratitude to Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu on the numerous health intervention programmes in the state, including, the recent commissioning of a well-equipped children hospital in Umuahia with plans to replicate same in the other two senatorial zones in the state.
Highlights of the workshop included demonstrations on how to handle babies during and after birth to ensure they breathe well, as respiratory distress decreases chances of survival. The workshop was attended by numerous stakeholders, including Dr. Ezechikamnayo (Commissioner for Information), Dr. Chukwuemeka Nwakanma (Medical Director, Abia State Emergency Medical Services), Dr. Ikechukwu Okonkwo (a neonatalogist from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital) and Professor Angela Okolo (a consultant from FMC Asaba Delta State).