The Integrated Health Programme (IHP), a health based Non Governmental Organisation said that it has trained over 800 health workers in Ebonyi to strengthen primary health care services in the state.
Dr Gladys Olisaeke, state director of the programme disclosed this on Wednesday at Ndibe community in Afikpo North local government area during a three-day workshop organised for media workers in Ebonyi.
The programme which is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is collaborating with the state Ministry of Health.
She said that the goal of the initiative was to contribute to the reduction in maternal morbidity and child mortality, as well as strengthening sustainable and provision of
quality PHC services.
“Our intervention in the state has three main objectives, which are to strengthen Primary Healthcare Services; to improve access to PHC services and to improve the quality of PHC services,” Olisaeke said.
The director noted that USAID-IHP IHP has introduced active defaulter tracking of pregnant women in Ebonyi to ensure that the pregnant women give birth in equipped health facilities they go for ante-natal services.
She explained that a number of women attend ante-natal services in well-equipped or recognised health facilities, but always patronise quacks and the traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to give birth to their babies.
According to her, the behaviour has often lead to high maternal morbidity and child
mortality in the state.
She observed that enhancing the capacity of journalists in health governance reportage would deepen the campaign for effective utilisation of primary healthcare centres in various communities in the state.
She said that IHP was supporting no fewer than 212 primary health care centres adding that the IHP in 2021 donated medical equipment worth millions of naira to Ebonyi government to boost basic health care provision.
“The major thrust of our intervention in the reproductive, maternal, newborn health care and nutrition and malaria,” she added.