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Pediatricians Advocate Improvement of Childcare Manpower Base

05 May 2013

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Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu , Health  Minister

By Catherine Afadi

An international team of medical practitioners has called for increased effort geared towards enhancing and improving on childcare manpower base in Nigeria through training and re-training of primary healthcare providers and pediatricians.

The international team made up of medical experts from Sub Saharan Health Solutions Nigeria in partnership with pediatricians from the Imperial College, London, at a three-day international conference held in Lagos recently  trained participants on innovative healthcare solutions by enhancing the quality of pediatric healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

Managing Director of Sub Saharan Health Solutions Nigeria, who is also a consultant pediatrician at Hammersmith Hospital, London, Dr. Dayo Ajayi-Obe,  stressed the need to enhance child healthcare manpower provision in Nigeria, by exposing mostly primary health care doctors and pediatric trainees to maintain high quality child healthcare education.

The development, according to her, will impact on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is particularly directed at reducing infant and child mortality rate in the country.
The conference had in attendance over 100 doctors from across Nigeria, including medical officers, general practitioners and pediatric doctors. Speaking at the conference, Ajayi-Obe said, “the training programme generally serves as an opportunity to expose paediatrics and child health, to further strengthening child healthcare manpower provision in  Nigeria.”

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