By Oladipupo Majeed
The Lagos State Government has embarked on Continuous Medical Education programs for health workers in the State in a bid to improve their knowledge and skills for efficient and effective service delivery.
Dr. Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health disclosed this during the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the second year in office of Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode
He added that various categories of health workers including Doctors, Nurses and Laboratory Scientists benefited from a number of programs organised by the state.
Ministry collaborates with India
Idris further explained that the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Narayana Hospital, India, has put together a medical education program where health care practitioners were exposed to professional skills in modern surgeries.
“This was done in an effort to familiarise them with modern trends in surgical operations”.
Emphasising the commitment of the State Government to boost the quality of health care delivery in the State, the Commissioner noted that efforts were been made to extend the program to other health workers.
To this end, numerous public and private healthcare professionals in the State were trained on Optimum Data Management for Effective Healthcare Delivery.
Health care delivery in Lagos state
Dr. Idris averred that the quality of health care delivery in any society rests on the quality and capacity of its health workers.
“This is why we as a government will continue to train and retrain our health workers to enhance their knowledge, skills and attitude for positive impact on the health status of Lagosians.”
He revealed that medical training programs were also organised for health workers on Stress Management as well as Current Trends in Family Planning.
Idris also mentioned that the State Government is continuously working to ensure a meaningful reduction in maternal and child mortality rate through capacity building for health workers at the Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs).
He pointed out that health care workers drawn from different PHCs in the State had been trained on Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI), Case Management and Reach Every Ward/Child (REW/C).
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