Concerned by the quality of maternal and child health services provided at the primary healthcare facilities, the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency has commenced a five-day Training of Trainers on Quality of Care, with a view to addressing maternal and child mortality in the state.

The training is being sponsored by the World Bank assisted by Immunisation Plus and Malaria Progress by Accelerating Coverage and Transforming Services (IMPACT) project in collaboration with the National Primary HealthCare Development Agency and Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

Addressing Participants, the permanent secretary, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Jude Winful-Orieke, said quality of care is an important aspect of healthcare service as it determines the health indices of the people.

“This training is an avenue for us to improve on our health system, we are to unlearn and relearn for us to better the overall healthcare status of the community,” Dr. Winful-Orieke said.

He urged the participants to take the various health interventions in the state seriously, perform their jobs optimally so that the state could receive more grants.

“We are very fortunate to be the recipient of the World Bank grant which is complementing the efforts of the state government at improving the health needs of citizens, especially at the grassroots.

“I implore you all to use the knowledge of this training to help our people by building a critical mass of healthcare workers who will bridge the infrastructure and human capacity gaps at the PHCs,” he said.

In her remarks, the state project manager of IMPACT, Dr. Grace Orofuke-Ugbome, said the training was geared towards building participants knowledge and skills on the World Health Organization’s quality of care framework for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition, (RMNCAEH+N).

“We believe this training will spur our healthcare professionals in providing quality, equity and dignity of healthcare services to people in the communities and accelerate our health indices,” she said.

Dr. Orofuke-Ugbome disclosed that each participant would subsequently train five healthcare officers in development of quality improvement plans at every health facility.

The quality-of-care capacity building had facilitators from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, World Health Organisation, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Delta State Contributory Health Commission.