December 24, 2011
Islamabad, December 24, 2011: The fourth and final course on Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care (EONC) concludes here at Mother & Child Health Centre (MCH Centre) at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad.
Due to military operation and floods of 2010/11 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) & Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the health delivery system particularly mother & child health related services have been badly affected. Keeping in view this situation, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) decided to support in conducting training programme on EONC.
The main objective of conducting this training programme was the capacity building of the various categories of staff related to Mother & Child Health Care in KP & FATA in EONC skills for timely and quality health services to pregnant women & newborn that would ultimately benefit the community at grass roots.
Under the Programme, total of 80 participants were trained in four sessions consisting of week duration each. The target participants under the training were obstetric doctors, pediatricians, nurses/lady health visitors, midwives and medical assistants or technicians working in government hospitals in KP & FATA.
The participants were provided extensive training through lectures as well as practical hand on skills in Outpatient Department, prenatal, postnatal, labor room, and nursery during the course. The participants also received necessary equipment i.e. Ambu bags and Manual Vacuum Aspirators (MVA) kits in order to better equipped them in handling the complications in pregnancies and newborn care.
The Department of Health in Government of KP and Health Directorate of FATA nominated the participants from District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQs), Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals (THQs) and Agency Headquarters Hospitals (AHQs) levels.