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02.07.2004 Regional News

Workshop on baby resuscitation ends

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Koforidua, July 2, GNA - Ms Kathlyn Ababio, National President of the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA), said research indicated that 10 per cent of all children born in the country had breathing problems and required resuscitation to keep them alive. She, therefore, said that members of the Association working in communities lacking medical doctors and facilities required knowledge on resuscitation of babies to enhance their performances.

Ms Ababio was speaking at the end of a two-day workshop of training of trainers on how to resuscitate newly born babies with poor breath and heart beat problems at Koforidua on Friday.

The workshop, which was organised by the Church of Jesus Christ of later Day Saints, the GRMA and the Ghana Health Service, was sponsored by the Church and attended by 35 participants from Western, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Volta Regions.

Dr Isaac Furguson, the West Africa Manager of Welfare and Humanitarian Services of the Church, said it was the third time that the Church was sponsoring such a programme.

He said this year, the Church had already organized a two-day training programme for participants from the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions at Kumasi.

Mr Furguson said the workshops which cost 500 million cedis was funded with donations from members of the Church all over the world. He said resource persons for the programme were members of the Church from the USA and some staff of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Mr Furguson said the workshop was aim at training enough resources persons in Ghana instead of relying on those from USA. He said the availability of resource persons in the country would enable the Church to extend the training programme to health personnel in the districts and sub-districts where such services were most required.

Elder Kweku Boateng, member of the Koforidua Presidency of the Church, said the training programme would help ensure good health care for newly born babies.

The participants were present with life saving equipments. 2 July 04