At least 200,000 Community Health Influences and Promoters of Service Providers will be trained to tackle maternal and infant mortality across Nigeria, the government said Thursday.

The new plan was to raise the figure from initial 25,000 to 200,000 to urgently combat the rising cases of maternal and child mortality, Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency told reporters in Abuja.

He said 20 women would be trained in each political ward to cater for women and children in their immediate communities.

According to him, such women will be given necessary training to provide first aid assistance to pregnant and sick women as well as children in rural areas before referring them to health centers.

The director said it would be reviewed after the four years program and those that showed good skills among the mobilizers would be sponsored for further training. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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