CAPACITY BUILDING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: OBOWO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV (PMTCT) PROGRAMME FOR HEALTH STAFF AND TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS (TBAS) HELD AT OBOWO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA AND ORGANIZED BY SPRINGAID INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SAID). 10 NOVEMBER 2016

The program kicked off by 10:40AM at Obowo Local Government Headquarters with an opening remark and prayer by Pharm. Ajomiwe Emmanuel.

The anchor of the program Mr. Richard Nwamadi (state programme officer, ACOMIN) and SAID Project Manager began by introducing the programme and its objectives. The organizers of the programme, SpringAid International Development (SAID), was brought to the fore. He elucidated the numerous laudable achievements and initiatives of SAID which cut across wealth creation leading to poverty eradication, good governance, social housing and health amongst others. He went further to commend our partners and sponsors who has relentlessly sponsored and donated charitably towards advancing the good course of SAID in Nigeria.

Using a power point presentation, the participants were exposed in an interactive workshop to different aspects of the theme of the day: PMTCT of HIV and basic facts on HIV/AIDS.
After the lecture series, the participants were divided into three (3) groups for a group work. This is done for the purpose further deepening the knowledge of the participants on the workshop theme and to give them the opportunity to give their own suggestions and opinion on PMTCT. The grouped participants gave answers; their opinion, suggestions and viewpoints on the questions or test of knowledge/understanding inquired of them. Viz:
Group 1: list and explain five (5) roles of health providers to HIV/MTCT prevention.

Group2: list and explain five (5) approaches to HIV/MTCT prevention.
Group 3: list and explain five (5) precautionary measures to be taken in work place by health care providers to avoid new HIV infection.
At the end of the group work, each group appointed a group leader and two assistants who represented them and shared with everyone else in the program with the aid of flip charts. Viz:

Group 1:
The group was properly represented by Mrs. Iwunze Nkechi and assisted by Mrs. Mercy Eze and Mrs. Okeke Jacinta. This group amongst other suggestions stressed that pregnant clients should be tested at least three (3) times before delivery, i.e. once in each of the trimesters. They also stressed that prolonged or delayed labour should be avoided. In addition, they reiterated that the new-born babies should be placed on exclusive breastfeeding for six (6) months.

Group2:
This group is well represented by pharm. Ajomiwe Emmanuel and assisted by Mrs. Enyeribe Kelechi and Mrs. Iheazia Juliana. Amongst other counsels, the group advised pregnant clients to eat healthy diets, drink lots of fluids and avoid alcohols and drug misuse. They also stressed that infants born by HIV infected mothers should be placed on Niverapin syrup within 72hours of delivery.

Group3:
Group 3 was properly represented by EHO. Osuji Ifeanyi Emmanuel and assisted by Mrs. Onyekachi Edina and Mrs. Oluchi Ibe. The group, amongst other, opined that every client should be considered and managed as a HIV positive patient until confirmed negative by a definitive diagnosis.

The presentation or sharings by the groups were very educative and interactive. In a lighter mood, though, the anchor, Richard Nwamadi led the participants to perform some light exercise to stretch their bodies and fight off fatigue.

Packs of albendazole and vitamin A donated by one of our partners, Vitamin Angels were distributed to the representatives of the Health Centres in the six communities for onward distribution to their clients and those in need of it in the communities. The six communities are; Umuariam, Umulogho, Amuzi, Ehume, Amato Alike and Alike Mgboma autonomous communities.

To summarize the program, Arch. Teddy Ihens, SAID’s Director of thanked the participants for attending and encouraged them to imbibe the lessons they have garnered from the program in their work places, homes and communities. He went further to stress that HIV is no longer a killer disease as it was in the past and thus people living with the virus should not be stigmatized, discriminated but treated with love and empathy. He also enjoined the participants to work assiduously to stem the spread of HIV and reduce its incidence by at least 45% in the project communities.

In appreciation, the participants thanked SAID warmly and promised to put to practice the lessons from the workshop and to do their best in the eradication of HIV/AIDS in our society. This appreciation/vote of thanks was made by pharm. Ajomiwe Emmanuel on behalf of the participants.

Finally, the program ended in a good note with a closing prayer by Mrs. Iwunze Nkechi. SAID is taking the program next week to , Ahiazu Mbaise and Ihitte Uboma Local Government Areas.

Audrey Duru (SAID, Nigeria)

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