By Kayode Adegbehingbe
The Ministry of Health, under the leadership of Dr Dayo Adeyanju, has in recent times engaged in some training of health workers. It seemed that after the health council meeting of the state which took place in the iconic International Cultural and Event Centre (The Dome), the activities of the ministry gained a different traction.
In the last few weeks, we see a focus on specific intervention of the state to reduce maternal and child mortality in the areas of training and equipping the health personnel on early detection of diabetes and neonate resuscitation.
These definitely feed into the goal the administration had from the get-go, which was to do everything to crash the inherited and unacceptable high rate of death of pregnant women, and children under five. And that has been seen in some signature projects of the government, specifically the Mother and Child Hospitals. They stand as testaments to government’s commitment.
Before the Health Council meeting, the training efforts of the Ministry might be regarded as limited to the peculiarity of the Abiye programme as originally conceived, with regards to accessibility and better usage of the state healthcare services centers.
But now we are seeing a further expansion of attention, paid to some other research-based indices of threats to pregnant women and children, who are seen as really vulnerable.
When it comes to neonate resuscitation, the health commissioner said too many babies are lost after birth, while expressing commitment to reversing the trend. And with regards to diabetes in pregnancy, it seems early detection and management can help save the day, hence the provision of equipment for that purpose in government’s health facilities.
It does seems that the commissioner is in a race against time. For starters, this administration has just a year to go, and in that time he does not want to leave any stone unturned, taking full advantage of the political will of the Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, whose statutory-maximum two terms end next year February.
Training is basic to development with regards to running a system like the health sector. It will go a long way to engender job satisfaction as effectiveness increases. It is not everything a professional is taught in school, there are always emerging development and challenges.
One method that has been evolved is that of training the trainer, in which after a few people are trained they are tasked and expected to step down the training to others, which seems to be what the health ministry has done with the neonatal resuscitation training. It was noted that most of the neonate fatalities occur in the rural areas, therefore more still needed to be trained.
We should not underestimate the place of training. For an employer to get the best of the employees, training is a must. It is the employer that has the overall picture of where the business should be headed, and rather than complain about your staff or unnecessarily bloat the workforce, why not train and retrain the ones you have to be able to properly position the establishment?
No money voted for training, which is part of human development, is ever lost. You can get machines today and they may develop faults the next day. They may need maintenance that may even be more expensive than the original cost, or parts that cannot be replaced and so they become obsolete.
But not so with human development. As an employer you continue to reap the fruit in jobs efficiently done, staff job satisfaction. And even if a member of staff resigns and moves to another place immediately after the training, majority won’t, and the reputation for training may continue for a long time to draw better people into the establishment.