An international Non-Governmental Organization, Marie Stopes, says it will soon begin the capacity building of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW) in seven out of the eleven Local Government Areas of the State in an effort aimed at improving the reproductive health services of the state.
Director, Clinical Services of the Organization, Dr. Kingsley Udogu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a one day meeting with stakeholders and service providers in the state on Women Integrated and Sexual Health Services.
Dr. Udogu said the organization is venturing into the training following a survey conducted by it in the seven Local Government Areas where it discovered that only 17 per cent of midwives were working in the Primary Health Care facilities with 75 to 80 per cent staff falling in the category of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW).
He said, “We will prioritize this cadre of staff to enable them deliver quality service and we will support them with commodities to serve the poor of the poorest in the rural communities because we have identified facilities without support.
“We will also train ten master trainers who are Nurses/Midwives to step down the training to others and continue to supervise the facilities after we leave the State”, he added.
According to him, the expected outcome is to ensure that women safely plan their pregnancies and improve their sexual reproductive health and rights stressing that “we want women to be pregnant by choice not by chance”.
Chairman of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHCDA), Alhaji Yahya Hammari, commended Marie Stopes for what he described as a wonderful intervention in Gombe State.
While calling for the timely release of the amount budgeted for Child spacing in the State, Alhaji Hammari said Gombe State had adopted child spacing policy because it has more acceptability when compared to family planning.