Capacity building on nutrition: Gombe community health workers commend CSO
Following a two-day capacity building training for primary health centre workers and nutrition focal persons from selected centres in the state, participants have lauded Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) for its efforts in empowering health workers with requisite skills to handle issues of nutrition in the state.
Participants gave the commendation in separate interviews with our correspondent at the end of the training in Gombe.
Hajiyah Amina Nuhu, facility manager of Kumbya-kumbya Primary Health Centre said the training would be stepped down for other health workers in her community.
Nuhu said “I have benefitted a lot from the training within the past two days. The idea shared during this training is something that will help reduce cases of malnutrition if properly implemented.
“I am very excited because I have learnt new ways to take care of mothers of infants and ways to encourage women to embrace exclusive breastfeeding.’’
While commending CS-SUNN, she appealed to it to extend the training to other community health workers in the state to help address the menace of malnutrition in the state.
Also Hajiyah Zainab, the facility manager, PHC Bolari said the training was an eye opener for her as she “learnt new ideas with regard to exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding which are key to prevention of malnutrition.
She said the success story of the training would reflect in the reduction of the burden of malnutrition in communities while ensuring that more nursing mothers embrace exclusive breastfeeding.
Mr. Ambrose Evhoesor, the project officer of CS-SUNN charged the health officers to step down the training to other health personnel as a way of carrying everyone along, stressing that the efforts to promote the right feeding practices in communities is a collective task.
Evhoesor said the community-based surveillance training was to ensure that health workers are empowered with the requisite skills to improve community health services while reducing the current burden of nutrition in the state.
Mrs. Comfort Mukollo, the Gombe State Co-ordinator of the coalition CS-SUNN charged the participants to put the knowledge acquired during the training to put it to use to impact in the way they counsel pregnant and nursing mothers, stressing “ how we treat women is key to the acceptance of the health tips given to women.’’
Mukollo who said she would ensure proper surveillance and unscheduled visits to health centres to assess the impact of the training, cautioned health workers to also adhere to COVID-19 protocols during counseling.
Also, Mrs. Ronas Amusa, the Nutrition Officer, Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHCDA), said the State has treated 9, 189 malnourished children, while recording 50 deaths between January and August 2020.
She added that 14, 175 malnourished children were admitted in various centres in the state where Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme is being implemented.