By Sola Ogundipe
Doctors and mid-wives from various Lagos State government-owned hospitals recently benefitted from a comprehensive international obstetric practical skills drill session organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
The activity which took place at the MRC Department featured essentially on lecture topics on subjects such as neonatal resuscitation, shoulder dystocia and breech delivery and malpresentation. Other topics of interest were vacuum and forceps delivery. maternal resuscitation and postpartum heamorrhage.
In her presentation entitled â€œNeonatal Resuscitationâ€, Dr. Adebimpe Matiluko, a paediatrician noted that the objective was to empower healthcare providers to be able to identify babies that need resuscitation.
Besides being taught the rudiments and professional skills to perform prompt and efficient evaluation, the participants were put through the measures of understanding the structured approach to efficient resuscitation.
At the end of the two-day course, each participant went home, fully able to implement all the appropriate and adequate neonatal resuscitation techniques.
Noting that 6-10 per cent of all neonates need some degree of active resuscitation at birth, Matiluko said it was a common occurrence with babies that are premature.
She said more than five million neonatal deaths occur worldwide each year , of which asphyxia is estimated to account for19 per cent.
In her words, the possibility of improving outcome for one million neonates per year could be achieved with simple efficient resuscitation.
Dr. Shane Duffy who gave a presentation entitled â€œRecognition of Serious Illness in the Pregnant Woman and Rescucitationâ€ observed that it is only when a pregnant woman has been resuscitated from life-threatening injuries or illnesses that hope for the foetus can be guaranteed.
She added that best treatment for the foetus is wholly dependent on resuscitating the mother.