By EBUN SESSOU
HEALTH experts have called for heightened efforts to tackle malnutrition in children, through enhancing and improving childcare manpower base in the country by training and re-training of primary healthcare providers and paediatricians.
At a 3-day international conference put together by Sub Saharan Health Solutions Nigeria in partnership with paediatricians from the Imperial College, London, the experts pointed out that the training programme was to further strengthen child healthcare manpower provision in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director, Sub Saharan Health Solutions Nigeria, Dr. Dayo Ajayi-Obe, who is a consultant paediatrician at Hammersmith Hospital, London said it has become imperative to enhance child healthcare manpower provision in Nigeria, by exposing mostly primary health care doctors and paediatric trainees to high quality child healthcare education in a bid to impact on the Millennium Development Goals, designed towards reducing infant and child mortality rate in the country.
“Efficiencies of the doctors depends on facilities available as aspects of improving mortality rate in children has not been duly touched by major stakeholders in the country,” Ajayi-Obe remarked.
She said henceforth, the Imperial College London, Paediatric department along with the Imperial College London Continuous Professional Development (CPD) unit will be running a CPD course in Lagos, on paediatric and child health allergy (asthma), infectious diseases, nutrition and emergency paediatrics to help in reducing morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.