The Kwara State Government says it is committed to training and retraining of health workers, saying it is a panacea for effective and quality health care service delivery in the state.

The Executive Secretary,  Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Nusirat Elelu stated this while declaring open a 13-day intensive training organized for Community Health Influencers promoters and services (CHIPS), Community Engagement Focal Persons (CEFPS).

Dr. Elelu noted that the workshop is ongoing in different locations across four selected Local Governments of the state, adding that the workshop is aimed at training  Community Health Influencers Promoters (CHIPS) personnel that will be deployed to the communities to create demand for health services as well as render health services as part of the efforts in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in children under 5 years of age.

“The health workers will also serve as community surveillance in case of outbreak of diseases,” she added.

Elelu stressed that at the completion of the training, both the Community Health Influencers Promoters Services and the Community Engagement Focal Persons  will visit households to provide integrated community case management of diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia, manage other priority of maternal, newborn and child health Issues such as antenatal care, immunization, family planning and refer complicated cases to the nearest health facility.

She added that the training of the Community Health Influencers promoters will also promote healthy behaviours through social and behaviour change activities while the Community Engagement Focal Persons on the other hand will be trained to promote community participation and increase community demand services at community level in line with national policies and global best practices.

The Executive Secretary appreciated the Kwara State Government for prioritizing the health sector.

In her own contribution, the National Supervisor from National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mrs Martha Mamza also emphasized the importance of the training, stating that it is aimed at reducing maternal morbidity and mortality rate in children.

Alhaja Mamza added that the deployment of CHIPS personnel after their training will go a long way in facilitating the delivery of community-based health interactions by front-line health workers at health Facilities and at Community level.

Earlier, the state programme coordinator, Dr. Adeniran disclosed that the training was organized to train health workers on how to increase demand for equitable access to quality services by strengthening state capacity health to manage essential community based service provision.

Others health workers that are undergoing the training include Supervisory Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS) Officers in charge of apex facilities in the wards and the ward Focal persons.

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