The Bishop on the Niger His Lordship Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo invited Moor Park Paediatric Practice, a UK based health care provider organization to provide a training programme on paediatric emergency life support for the medical, nursing and midwifery staff at Iyienu Mission Hospital Ogidi, the premier diocesan health care provider facility in the area.
After several months of planning, Ms. Christine Giles, a senior paediatric nurse, Dr Mark Bebbington a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Dr Jideofor Menakaya a Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician The CEO of Moor Park Paediatric Practice UK visited Iyienu Mission Hospital Ogidi from the United Kingdom between Saturday 21 October and 28 October 2017.
During a five-day training programme, 180 participants received training in Newborn Emergency Life Support, Paediatric Emergency Life Support skills and a structured approach to communication and documentation amongst professionals. Each candidate was also assessed on their ability to carry out a simple airway test at the end of the course before a certificate was given to successful participants.
We also identified and trained 4 members of staff excluding the Head of Clinical Services to continue the programme that we have initiated and tasked the hospital management to facilitate regular updates of staff on emergency life support skills.
Seventy five percent of staff who attended the programme demonstrated their assessment score pre-and post the training to be the same or higher. On the average there was an 18% increase in their assessment scores between assessments. All participants also made qualitative comments on what they learnt while training.
The senior leadership team facilitated visits by the visiting team to the ward areas to gain an understanding of the infrastructure of the hospital and opportunity to discuss the short, medium and long term strategic vision for Iyienu Mission Hospital.
The training visit and discussions with the leadership team has identified several areas of collaboration and cooperation that Moor Park Paediatric Practice (Education and Consultancy Division) will discuss and develop more formally with the Bishop on the Niger and his healthcare team.
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