UNFPA, Red Cross train 50 Plateau health workers on reproductive, maternal, child health


The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) has stated that it would continue to deliver humanitarian and health-related services to the people of Plateau state that were mostly affected by crises.

The UNFPA team leader, Dr. Matthew Onoja, made the statement at the closing of a 10-day capacity building for nurses, midwives and CHEWs, aimed at “strengthening the health system to respond to basic reproductive, maternal and child health during emergencies in Plateau state.”

It was organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRSC) and the Plateau state government.

He said, “With the training imparted in the health workers, it is hopeful that participants will give the desired support to persons in dire need of basic reproductive, maternal, and child health during emergencies.”

According to him, the UNFPA, while taking assessments in the aftermath of the last crises in Mangu, Bokkos and Barkin Ladi, noticed some gaps that call for the capacity building of health workers in the state.

In his remarks, the state branch secretary of the Red Cross, Nuruddeen Hussain Magaji, said the collaboration between them and the UNFPA “will continue to render humanitarian supports to women and children as the most vulnerable people.”

“We will continue to put in our best to ensure that those in need are rendered with the desired help,” he said.

Also speaking, the permanent secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Mr. Horlong Turnoe Hoomkwap, said the training had prepared the health workers with the necessary skills to handle cases of women and children affected by crises.

“We will make sure that the training is cascaded down to those that are not here. We will continue to collaborate with the Red Cross; and the UNFPA have been our partners, donors and funders, particularly the Red Cross…,” he said.

Certificates were issued to the 50 participants drawn from Bokkos, Mangu, Barkin Ladi, Jos South, Jos North, Jos East, Bassa and Riyom LGAs of the state.