By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
A United States of America-based philanthropic agency, Project C.U.R.E, has trained medical personnel in Ekiti State health institutions as part of the ways to tackle the increasing infant mortality rate in Nigeria.
The programme dubbed: ‘Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)’ powered by Project
C.U.R.E, was facilitated by Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) in collaboration with the World Health
Organisation (WHO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
At the one-day workshop held at ABUAD on Thursday, Miss Amy Greene, who spoke on behalf of the agency’s President, Dr. Douglas Jackson, said they decided to hold the programme in ABUAD as a mark of support for the newly commissioned 400-bed multi system Afe Babalola Teaching
Greene, who revealed that the agency had donated $1 million medical equipment to ABUATH, said that it has saved about 1,620 newborn babies from untimely death due to trainings it has offered to experts
operating in sub-Saharan Africa.
“In Africa, less than 33 per cent of children had access to neonatal care and this mainly predisposed them to deaths caused by malnutrition, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases.