the scourge of maternal and new born mortality in Ekiti state is
The commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani
stated this while declaring open a ten day modified life skills
training program for senior health extension workers in the state.
The commissioner who was represented by the Board Chairman of the
State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Chief Mrs Monisola Oloro
said maternal mortality ratio for Nigeria ranges from 576 and 512
death per 100,000 live births which translate to 33,000 women dying
each year and 1 in 9 maternal deaths worldwide.
Dr. Filani applauded the state Governor Dr.Kayode Fayemi for his
passion to ensure good health care service delivery, especially to the
vulnerable people in the state.
He echoed that the training would help in the attitudinal change of
some health workers, hoping that the participants would at the end of
the training acquired skills needed to improve the process and outcome
of pregnancy that would reduce pregnancy related complications.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Board chairman of the State
Primary Health Care Development Agency Chief Mrs Monisola Oloro
represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Agency Pharmacist
Olabisi Arogundade reiterated the purpose of the training to equipping
and exposing the Community Health Extension Workers(CHEWS) in order to
appropriate knowledge on child birth, improve the skills of CHEWS in
maternal and child health care services and to enable them acquire
skills in early diagnosis and recognition of “at risk” pregnancy women
She appreciated the initiative of Ekiti State government in preventing
maternal and perinatal mortality which singled her out as one of the
states playing the leading role in the reduction of maternal, neonatal
and child mortality in Nigeria.
In a goodwill message, the National Health Care Development Agency
state coordinator,Mr.Robert Fagbun described the training as timely
Participants for training at the event were drawn from all the 16
local government areas of the state
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