ASABA/Nigeria: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr Mrs Minnie Oseji has assured pregnant women in the state of government’s commitment in the provision of quality and up-to-date health care for them whenever they patronize government owned medical facilities.
The Permanent Secretary gave the assurance during the opening ceremony of a 3-day Ultrasound Training Programme for Medical Doctors organized by the Delta State Ministry of Health at the Conference Hall of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Asaba.
Dr Oseji said that with the use of obstetric sonography as the ideal tool in prenatal care, the ministry was committed to ensuring that Obstetric Ultrasonography became the norm in all the health facilities in Delta State.
She stressed the need to train and retrain Sonologists to place them in a better position to deliver effective services to expectant mothers which she noted would go a long way in reducing incidents of false information, adding that such sometimes had devastating psycho-social effects during pregnancy.
According to her, “The training programme was a follow-up to the 2015 training organized by the State Hospital Management Board which had 26 Medical Doctors in attendance then and had participants drawn from the government hospitals only but did not have practical component.”
She said that the ministry decided to build upon the 2015 training programme by not limiting participation to the Hospitals Management Board but had participants drawn from both the public and private health facilities in the State.
Dr Oseji stated that at the end the training, participants would be attached to different consultant radiologists who she said would be available for on-site practical hands-on training, stating that this would be documented in a log book for the ministry to determine the number of medical doctors proficient in the use of ultrasound.
The training programme which had Dr. Chuks Agholor, a Chief Consultant Radiologist/Sonologist, General Hospital Okwe-Asaba as the facilitator, had 41 medical doctors from both the public and private health facilities in the state in attendance.
Lecture delivered at the training included physical principles of ultrasound, the ultrasound equipment, professional conduct/ medical ethics and counselling, and documentation of scan findings/ referral/ follow up/intervention.