The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the District Health Management Team (DHMT) and the African Development Bank (ADB) have ended a five days training for 30 hospital and Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) staff in the Kenema district.
The training which is known as Integrated Management of Neonatal Childhood Illness (IMNCI) aims at reducing the infant mortality of under five children.
In her opening remarks the chairperson for the ceremony who is also the District Health Sister, Sister Hawa Daramy thanked all the participants for attending the training.
She said there is a need for everybody to come together to upgrade the knowledge of the medical staff in order to reduce child mortality rate in the country the skill of the health workers need to be improved and empowered so that they can diagnose the illnesses to prevent it from killing the children.
She stated that they as health workers should know the illness that kill children and they as health workers must do everything possible to prevent the children from dying from such illnesses.
In his statement the doctor at the Pediatric ward Dr. Acheron Jalloh revealed that the current training is for health workers who have not benefited from IMNCI training before, adding that when Merlin was operating in Kenema they gave similar training to some health workers in the district.
He described the training as a scaling down process so that every health worker in the district will benefit in phases so that they can all adequately handle the illnesses in the communities.
Dr. Jalloh revealed that IMNCI is looking at main killer diseases of children which include pneumonia, diarrhea, fever, malaria, malnutrition among others which is very common in our community because of poverty and the eleven years old civil war in the country.
In his closing remarks the Kenema District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Yankuba Madina Bah said as medical practitioners their main aim is to protect lives and they will do everything possible to live to the expectation of the masses.
He appealed to the participants to go well into their various communities and to put into practice the knowledge gained at the training so that they can live to the expectation of all community members.
By Saffa Moriba in Kenema