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First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, in collaboration with the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South, Rev John Ntim Fordjour, has hosted a 2-day training exercise on neo-natal resuscitation dubbed ‘Helping Babies Breathe’.
A total of 47 nurses, midwives and nursing mothers in Assin South District in Assin Jakai participated in the exercise.
The training was conducted by a team of medical doctors, pediatrician specialists and volunteers from the Department of Family Medicine of University of California at Davis and the Shasta Community Health Centre, led by Dr Douglas McMullin.
Participants were taken through series of practical modules of neo-natal resuscitation and were equipped with skills and techniques to resuscitate infants who experience breathing difficulties after birth.
Neo-natal Resuscitation is an intervention administered to babies right after they are born, to help them breathe and to help their heart beat. Before a baby is born, the placenta provides oxygen and nutrition to the blood and removes carbon dioxide. After a baby is born, the lungs provide oxygen to the blood and remove carbon dioxide. The transition from using the placenta to using the lungs for gas exchange begins when the umbilical cord is clamped or tied off, and the baby has its first breath. Many babies go through this transition without needing intervention. Some babies need help with establishing their air flow, breathing, or circulation. Resuscitation is helping with airway, breathing, and circulation, also known as the ABCs.
The training equipped the midwives and nurses of the district with the skills and capacity to ensure that infant mortality arising out of breathing difficulties is reduced to the barest minimum.
The training programme is part of other interventions initiated by the Rebecca Foundation dedicated to improving the health of infants and mothers in Ghana.
Rev. Fordjour, who played a facilitation role in the initiative, expressed gratitude to Mrs Akufo-Addo and Dr McMullin’s team of doctors and volunteers for the intervention, which he said addressed a key aspect of infant health in the District.
He further urged the beneficiary nurses and midwives to apply conscientiously, the skills obtained at the training, to ensure babies born in the district who may experience breathing difficulties, are saved.