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UK varsity, Wellbeing Foundation partner on training medical college lecturers

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), an NGO, have commenced a five-day training in Abuja for National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) faculty examiners.

This is made known in a statement signed and issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Mrs Adanna Maduka, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Grants, WBFA.

She said that the training is the third batch of its kind in Advanced Obstetrics and Surgical Skills (AOSS), which was inaugurated in February.

According to her, the first and second batch of the training was held in Lagos.

She said that the primary goal of the training was to enhance the capacity of NPMCN faculty examiners in training resident doctors in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN)

“The five-day training programme holding at the NPMN College in Utako, Abuja, involves over 25 participants who will be trained by the team from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Nigeria Liaison Group (RCOG NLG).

“The session began with introductions led by Dr. Hauwa Mohammed, Country Director for LSTM Nigeria, and Dr. Helen Allott, the course director.

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“They established ground rules and set the tone for an extensive training experience.

“Participants underwent a pre-test breakout session designed to assess their current knowledge, strengths, and areas for improvement, allowing the training to be tailored to their specific needs,” Maduka said.

Maduka quoted Allott as saying that between 2000 and 2020, the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) decreased by 34 per cent, from 339 to 223 deaths per 100,000 live births.

According to her, in spite of constituting only 2.4 per cent of the global population, Nigeria accounts for 10 per cent of worldwide deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth.

She said this disproportionately high rate impacts approximately 40 million Nigerian women of childbearing from age 15 to 49 years old.

She further quoted Allott as saying that high figure highlights the project’s aims at improving maternal and child healthcare outcomes throughout Nigeria.

She said that the project seeks to reduce these numbers through targeted interventions and comprehensive healthcare strategies.

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According to her, by advancing the AOSS Competency-Based Curriculum for Resident Doctors in OBGYN at NPMCN, the Liverpool School on Tropical Medicine and WBFA seek to ensure the provision of high-quality care for mothers and newborns in Nigeria.

She also said that the AOSS course focuses on advanced techniques and best practices for managing obstetric and neonatal emergencies, thereby directly contributing to enhanced healthcare delivery.

Allott, she said, explained that the project is funded by the Global Health Workforce Programme (GHWP), supported by the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).

According to her, the project will benefit both the UK and partner country health sectors. (NAN)

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