4Breath4 Life Team, composed of Dr. Olumide Oyefeso, Dr. Oladiji Vaughan, Dr. Osamudimen Idahosa and others made its first mission visit to Nigeria in November, 2013 to train health care workers.
The training was conducted in three geographic areas in the western part of Nigeria: Sagamu local government area; Ikenne local government area; Remo local government area and Sacred Heart Hospital Lantoro, Abeokuta.
Group training sessions were conducted in the different areas. Different cadres of health care personnel were trained including Traditional Birth Attendants, Community Health Extension workers, Midwives, Nurses and Doctors. Many were also trained as Master Trainers and charged with the responsibility of training others.
In Sagamu, the team trained 101 medical personnel. In attendance were 40 Community health extension workers actively involved in deliveries in the area. We were particularly glad to train 41 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). We also trained 10 Chief Nursing Officers and 6 Nursing Officers. 4 medical personnel from Remo local government were in attendance comprising one physician and 3 nurses.
In fact the medical doctor from Remo indicated that he had completed the HBB training 4 months earlier. He indicated that he planned to train 16 midwives under his supervision but he had no equipment for this. We were able to donate training materials to him to get him started. 4 Breath 4 Life donated training materials including ambubags and facemasks for the use of all individuals trained.
In Ikenne, we trained 43 medical personnel. In attendance were 25 Community health extension workers, 15 Chief Nursing Officers, 2 Midwives and a doctor. We impressed on the local government chairman the need for adequate support in order to further propagate the program.
Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, was established in 1895, about 117 years ago. It is the oldest existing medical hospital in Nigeria, established by Catholic Missionaries.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Hospital Abeokuta is a Catholic missionary general hospital that caters for all peoples, especially the poor. It is a reputable center for the training of health care personnel. At this hospital, we trained 18 doctors and 2 midwives. This group of individuals was trained as Master Trainers and they have agreed to use the hospital as a center for the training of other health workers.
The biggest challenge has been the difficulty in getting the full commitment as well as resources from the government to further advance the program. We raised money from board members and private individuals for the procurement of the needed equipment. We were particularly pleased to donate equipment to the individuals we trained. Our ambition is to ensure that all individuals trained have the equipment to use in order to seamlessly perform Neonatal Resuscitation in their areas of work.
We remain optimistic that we will keep making strides as long as we persist. We will forever be motivated by the palpable enthusiasm shown by participants and the priceless opportunity to save countless lives.