The training was conducted in three geographic areas in the western part of Nigeria: Sagamu local government area; Ikenne local government area; Remo local government area and Sacred Heart Hospital Lantoro, Abeokuta.
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Group training sessions were conducted in the different areas. Different cadres of health care
personnel were trained including Traditional Birth Attendants, Community Health Extension
workers, Midwives, Nurses and Doctors. Many were also trained as Master Trainers and
charged with the responsibility of training others.
In Sagamu, we trained 101 medical personnel. In attendance were 40 Community health
extension workers actively involved in deliveries in the area. We were particularly glad to train
41 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). We also trained 10 Chief Nursing Officers and 6 Nursing
Officers. 4 medical personnel from Remo local government were in attendance comprising one
physician and 3 nurses. In fact the medical doctor from Remo indicated that he had completed
the HBB training 4 months earlier. He indicated that he planned to train 16 midwives under his
supervision but he had no equipment for this. We were able to donate training materials to him
to get him started. 4 Breath 4 Life donated training materials including ambubags and
facemasks for the use of all individuals trained.
In Ikenne, we trained 43 medical personnel. In attendance were 25 Community health
extension workers, 15 Chief Nursing Officers, 2 Midwives and I doctor. We impressed on the
local government chairman the need for adequate support in other to further propagate the
Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, was established in 1895, about 117 years ago. It is the oldest
existing medical hospital in Nigeria, established by Catholic Missionaries.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Hospital Abeokuta is a Catholic missionary general hospital that
caters for all peoples, especially the poor. It is a reputable center for the training of health care
personnel. At this hospital, we trained 18 doctors and 2 midwives. This group of individuals was
trained as Master Trainers and they have agreed to use the hospital as a center for the training
of other health workers.
The biggest challenge has been the difficulty in getting the full commitment as well as resources
from the government to further advance the program. We raised money from board members
and private individuals for the procurement of the needed equipment. We were particularly
pleased to donate equipment to the individuals we trained. Our ambition is to ensure that all
individuals trained have the equipment to use in other to seamlessly perform Neonatal
Resuscitation in their areas of work.
We remain optimistic that we will keep making strides as long as we persist. We will forever be
motivated by the palpable enthusiasm shown by participants and the priceless opportunity to