Gombe State Government has embarked on the training of its health personnel in all its Primary Health Care facilities to reduce maternal mortality using different child spacing methods.
The five day training program is being organized in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Marie Stopes International and the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN).
Declaring the training open Wednesday morning, the Director, State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHCDA), Alhaji Ibrahim Bako, said the State Government is focusing on child spacing as a way of tackling the rising maternal mortality rate in the State.
Represented by Mrs. Rejoice Bala, the Programme Officer, Child Spacing in the Agency, the Director stated that the training is intended to reduce the very high maternal mortality rate in the State through the application of various child spacing methods by families.
Mrs. Bala said, “We want to increase the knowledge of participants who are care givers so that as they go back, they will provide the service to their communities and then maternal mortality rate will be reduced”.
According to her, “the essence of the programme is also to create awareness to the communities, tell them that providers have been trained with enough facilities so that the people will patronize the facilities for the services”.
“Participants are to do a step down training for their colleagues in their various facilities and also create awareness in the communities through advocacy visits to traditional rulers that such services are available in these facilities”, she said.
She called on men to support their women to come and patronize these services saying, “At the end, if the women and the children are healthy, the father will be healthy too and the society will be better for it thus reducing our high maternal mortality rate”.
In their various key note addresses, representatives of Marie Stapes International, Dr. David Adetosin and (PPFN) Comrade Bathsheba Kala, called on the participants to utilize all they will learn in the training for the benefit of their communities and the State at large.
One of the participant who spoke on behalf of the others, Runny Yusuf, appreciated the efforts of the State Government in coming up with the training which she said was timely.
She expressed believe that the training will go a long way in helping the Government achieve its aim  and assured that they will put to practice what they have learned so that there will be a complete change in the poor indices of maternal mortality rate of Gombe state.