SDI conducts Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Training for health workers in Lagos
By Lawrence Adetokunbo, Advocacy & Communications Officer, Lagos
A cross section of participants during the IMCI training conducted by the SDI team.
Save the Children, through the Stop Diarrhoea Initiative, recently held a a 6 day training for front line health workers in Lagos State.
The 6 – day training which took place at the Amber Residence hotel in GRA Ikeja brought together 30 frontline health workers charged with the mandate of sustaining the lives of mothers, and children from birth to 5 years. Participants including Doctors, Nurses, Community Health Officers and Community Health Extension Workers, were selected across public and private health facilities in Shomolu LGA and Bariga LCDA in Lagos state.
IMCI Case Management improves health worker performance and quality of health care delivery to mothers and children. IMCI equips health workers with skills carry out holistic assessment of sick children, rapid referral of severely ill children, rational use of medicines, as they employ effective communication skills in attending to patients attending first-level health facilities in Shomolu LGA. IMCI is one of the strategies of the SDI project in preventing and treating common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea, by improving the knowledge, skills and practices of facility and community workers.
Many of the participants reported that though the sessions were intense, they enjoyed the practical sessions during the field visits. Moshood Modupe Olajumoke, a health worker from Odi Olowo LCDA shared how the lessons she learnt during the workshop would be valuable to her work, “Seriously, I learnt a lot which will make me more effective in my primary health care assignment. More productive by serving the patient well, and putting to practice what is expected of me as an IMCI manager.”
The training was led by the Child Health team in Lagos Ijeoma Agbo Child Health Adviser and Ridwan Awosanya, Child Health Officer, in collaboration with the Department of Family Health and Nutrition of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and Primary Health care Board. The team will be working with the concerned MDAs to ensure effective monitoring and supportive supervision in order to ensure standards are being adhered to.