By Oluwaseyi Adeshina
To imrpove skills of Nigerians nurses and midwives, GE Healthcare in partnership with the Gamaliel & Susan Onosode Foundation, GAMSU, has trained nurses and midwives at the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital. The programme included both theoretical and practical training for 40 student nurses and 5 nurse tutors of the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
The five-day programme was geared towards significantly reducing the Maternal Infant Mortality indices in Nigeria by applying the right skills and education to frontline staff who attend to women and children at birth.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age.
Speaking on the development, General Manager, GE Healthcare, West and Central Africa, Eyong Ebai, said: “GE is committed to skills development in the healthcare sector in Nigeria and GAMSU is a like-minded organization so there is a natural alignment in our objectives to bridge the skills gap in Nigeria, in this case, empowering nurses and nurse tutors with valuable clinical and leadership skills.
He expressed hope that the programme will have an overall impact on maternal and child indices in Nigeria as it was aligned to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal Three – by improving the knowledge base and skills of medical practitioners to deliver quality healthcare, specifically for women and children,
Speaking, the Secretary, Board of Trustees Gamaliel & Susan Onosode Foundation, Mr. Spencer Onosode, expressed delight in partnering with an industry leader like GE Healthcare in fulfillment of one of GAMSU’s objectives to support educational institutions in Nigeria which ultimately fosters the success of the Nigerian child.
“We couldn’t have chosen a better partner to deliver excellent quality skills training for nurses and we are looking forward to graduates of this program playing a role in advancing the Nigerian healthcare sector in the near future”
GE Healthcare is involved in several other capacity building initiatives in Nigeria with the most recent being the just concluded three-year Biomedical Equipment Training (BMET) program where 60 biomedical engineers were trained across private and public healthcare institutions. Such initiatives help reduce the burden of errors in clinical diagnosis and improves the quality of patient care in Nigeria.