On 14/Dec/2018 / In Medical News
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) has over the past four years empowered over 4,000 health workers across 169 health facilities in Kogi with requisite skills to provide quality life saving maternal, newborn and child care services in the state.
Country Director of Jhpiego, Dr Oniyire Adetiloye, the implementing partner of the project disclosed this in Lokoja during a dissemination meeting to mark the end of the four-year health intervention project in the state. He said MCSP was a global USAID intervention program implemented in Kogi and Ebonyi States with the major goal of reducing deaths in children under five years of age and to ensure survival of women before, during and after childbirths.
Dr Oniyire said many health facilities have been upgraded and many life saving machines have been provided in the health facilities under the programme to ensure survival of maternal and newborns.
“Many skills have been acquired by the health workers. We have trained the professional associations to improve the quality of their services. We have supported the state ministry of health to develop quality strategies and policy documents.
“Sustainability is what we are talking about. We have been able to build sustainability into this programme and we expect the state to carry on from where we have stopped”, he said.
He said the health intervention had recorded successes in various aspects particularly improvement in essential ante natal care services, improvement in quality of care practices during labour and delivery and improvement in rate of survival of maternal/newborns, amongst others.
Also speaking, the MCSP Team Leader in Kogi, Dr. Alobo Gabriel said the programme has made lasting impact in the state through capacity building of health workers and supplies of equipment.
“Some of the equipment we have supplied are rugged equipment that have been tested that are going to be useful for over the next 10 years and we are very happy that the Governor is buying into our programme.
“From, here we will wait for the National Demographic and Health survey to see the result of our intervention from studies to compare what maternal mortality rate was before we started and what it is now. We are waiting for the State Government to take over”, he said. Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Saka, lauded USAID and the implementing partners on the MCSP which he described as the best health interventions the state has had so far.
He said the program had impacted on lots of lives across the state, assuring that government would ensure the sustainability of the programme.
By: Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja
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